- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Have sufficient income to support your household without relying on foster care support payments.
- Discipline children in a positive manner without the use of physical punishment.
- Provide supervision appropriate to the age or specific behavior of the child.
- Complete training:
- First Aid/CPR
- Blood Borne Pathogens
- Licensing Orientation
- Pre-service Training
Any adult living in a potential foster home must:
- Complete a background clearance check with the FBI and Washington State Patrol.
- Submit tuberculosis tests dated within the last year.
Youth ages 16 to 18 in the household must complete a Washington State Patrol check.
- Orientation - In-person and Online
- Pre-service Training (27 Hours)
- BHS Orientation (4 Hours)
- First Aid/CPR and Blood
- Borne Pathogens
Foster parents must maintain 30 hours of training per year. All parents are required to take an additional 36 hour Parenting Plus Class within their first two years of licensing. There is no cost for training.
You can expect many personal rewards such as:
- Protecting children from harm
- Making a difference in a child’s life
- Helping children feel good about themselves
- Growing as a person and as a parent
Most foster parents feel that the experience is as emotionally rewarding for them as it is for the children in their care.
A child may live with you for a few days or for several months. If a foster child becomes legally free and does not have relatives who can adopt them, foster parents can - and many do - adopt children that come into their lives through the foster care system.