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HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

First, decide if you are going to foster through a private agency or go directly through the state (DCYF). Learn more about your options here. (Jefferson County is Region 6)

Both public and private agency foster homes have similar steps to go through to become licensed. This is a very careful process of you learning about the foster system and what it takes to become a foster parent and the licensor qualifying you and your home for foster children. The process can take several months.

 

The Basic Steps to Become a Foster Parent through the State:

1. Orientation: complete in-person or online (3-hours)

  • Upcoming Local Orientation: August 1st, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Port Townsend DCYF Office 915 Sheridan St. #201, Port Townsend, WA. Sign up with LINDA CORTANI: linda-cortani@olivecrest.org

2. Caregiver Core Training: in person or online (24 hours of training)

  • Upcoming Local Training: August 3rd, 4th, 17th, and 18th, 9 am to 4 pm, Port Townsend DCYF Office 915 Sheridan St. #201 Port Townsend, WA. Sign up with LINDA CORTANI: linda-cortani@olivecrest.org

  • For online training start by signing up here and downloading the handouts here. After you create your profile, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set your password. From there you can login to to begin the course.

3. Complete Blood Borne Pathogen Training, Infant 1st Aid/ CPR and adult CPR. You can find the locations and times of classes here or call (253)217-1105

  • Next local offering: At the Chimacum Fire station, 9193 Rhody Dr. (corner of Rhody Dr. and Center Rd.) on August 11th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. No cost to you. To register contact keepthebeatdshs@aol.com with the following info. Names, Contact e-mail, Contact phone, Date of class, and Location of class.

4. Submit your completed application packet and have a licensor assigned to you.

5. Licensor interviews you and does home visits, a home study is completed

6. Receive a license in the mail.

 

Another decision is to either become a licensed foster parent or apply for a license that is for "foster to adopt” which means that the person gets licensed for both fostering and adoption during the same process. This process is outlined on the DCYF website: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/foster-parenting/become-a-foster-parent

 

PEOPLE TO TALK WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT:

Suggested Books & Trainings For People Interested in Becoming Foster Parents

TBRI® 101: A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships  is a series of self-paced, whiteboard-style video lessons. This course offers an informal, yet thorough approach to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®   Not Required to Become a Foster Parent

TBRI® 101: A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships is a series of self-paced, whiteboard-style video lessons. This course offers an informal, yet thorough approach to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

Not Required to Become a Foster Parent