Process to become a foster/ respite/ adoptive provider:
- Attend an Orientation,
- Attend Core Training,
- Submit your Application,
- Complete the Home Study,
Orientation is held once a month. It is a three-hour program overview and counts toward your training hours. Orientation covers the philosophy of the program, the specifics of becoming a foster parent, and is an opportunity to ask questions of staff and foster parents. Sign up using the ‘Register’ tab.
CORE Training is an 8 week cohort on Thursday evenings (6-9 P.M.), and completes your pre-certification training. CORE Training covers child development and the effects of grief and trauma on development, addiction and recovery, trauma-informed parenting, and the legal responsibilities of foster parents. At CORE Training you will receive a copy of the Foster Care and Adoption Application and can be submitted after the completion of at least 4 of the 8 sessions. Childcare is not provided, so please make other arrangements in advance when you sign up for a cohort.
Please register for Core Training online, or contact us for dates and location information for Core Training.
Submit Your Application
Submitting your state of Colorado Application to Care for Children, and supplementary Boulder County forms, is an important part of the process. When we receive your completed application, we can assign a Home Study Worker to begin the Home Study.
The Home Study
The Home Study involves a series of interviews, questionnaires, and a home safety inspection as part of the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study process.
Additionally, as part of the Home Study, every family must complete full background checks (even if you have recently done them through work or another agency).
CPR/First Aid certification is required, as well. However, for this, you may use a pre-existing certification, obtain your own, or use the service we provide.
The home study is a collaborative process, not a simple evaluation. It provides the basis of your partnership with the agency.
The process, from Orientation to Certification, takes most families about four months.
Upon completion of the Home Study, you will have an opportunity to read the worker’s report before it goes to a committee of our staff that makes the decision to certify or deny a family, or recommend further work be done in the Home Study. By far, most families whose studies go to committee are certified.
Once certified, you stay in communication with your newly assigned support worker as your availability to accept the placement of a child changes with the contours of your life. It may be hours, or months, before you receive your first call. Much of this depends on the breadth of children and families you are willing to serve, but it also depends on the unpredictable nature of child welfare. While the demand for foster families is always present, the particular needs can change month to month.