Archive for April, 2010

Basic Licensing Requirements to Become a Foster Parent

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Basic licensing requirements for anyone applying to be a licensed foster parent in the state of Washington.

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime of violence nor have been found to be a perpetrator of child abuse.
  • Applicants and others living in the home, age 16 or older, must have background/ criminal-history clearance.
  • If you have lived outside the state of Washington within the last three years, your fingerprints will be sent for clearance to the FBI.
  • The applicants must complete the foster/adoptive parent “Pre-Service” training and First-Aid, CPR, and HIV training. You can usually get these trainings at no cost to you.
  • Applicants and other adults (age 18 and older) in the home must submit current Tuberculosis test results.
  • Applicants must provide the names of at least 3 personal references.
  • The applicant maybe a homeowner or a renter but the residence must be inspected and approved by the licensor.
  • The applicants must provide the licensor detailed information about themselves and their families so that the licensor can thoroughly assess whether the applicants will be suitable foster parents.
  • Applicants must have sufficient income to support themselves without relying on foster care payments. In two-parent households, both parents may work outside the home if the child’s care will not be adversely affected.
  • Applicants must discipline children in a positive manner without the use of physical punishment.

The full licensing process usually takes 60-90 days, depending on how quickly you meet the requirements. If you’ve lived outside the state of Washington in the past 3 years, however, the mandatory fingerprint check may take longer, so that process should get started as soon as possible, if needed.

For more helpful foster parent information follow this link!  http://www.fpas.org/become.php

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May is National Foster Care Month!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, April 26, 2010

Next month foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, and social workers will come together to celebrate National Foster Care Month (NFCM).  These individuals work tirelessly for the 463,000 children who are currently in foster care to ensure they have a safe and happy life that every child deserves.  NFCM seeks to salute their great work which enables children to safely reunite with their parents, be cared for by relatives, or be adopted by loving families.  NFCM was started in 1988, initially created to recognize the selfless work of individuals who devote their time and energy to children in foster care. NFCM went on to focus on raising awareness about older children in foster care. Casey Family Programs, along with 20 organizations, coordinates the NFCM effort each year.

“We call on all Americans to do something positive that will change a lifetime for a youth in foster care in their own community. Success stories come about when someone takes the time to offer comfort, provide support, give advice, or simply share a milestone moment with a youngster enduring a difficult family situation.”  Visit www.fostercaremonth.org to learn about ways to get involved in your community!

Source: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute • www.ccainstitute.org

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