HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY
Step one: Decide if you are going to foster through a private agency or go directly through the state. There are pros and cons to each option.
If you chose to go through the state, you will be working through the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) located at 915 Sheridan St, in Port Townsend.
If you chose to go through a private agency, there are several to choose from. A list of Western Washington private agencies can be found at fosteringtogether.org
Step two: 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 training to become a foster parent, Caregiver Core Training is now being offered online!
The Basic Steps to Become a Foster Parent:
1. Complete an in-person or online orientation - 3-hours
2. In person Caregiver Core Training either in person or online - 24 hours of training
3. Complete Blood Borne Pathogen Training, Infant 1st Aid/ CPR and adult CPR. You can find the locations and times of classes here.
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 ABOUT THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT:
ROBERT JUDD 360-316-6037 firstname.lastname@example.org
LINDA CORTANI 360-640-0869 email@example.com