Process to become a foster/ respite/ adoptive provider:
- Attend an Orientation,
- Attend Core Training,
- Submit your Application,
- Complete the Home Study,
Orientations are being held virtually twice per month via Microsoft Teams. Orientation covers the philosophy of the program, the specifics of becoming a foster parent, and is an opportunity to ask general questions. Sign up using the “Register” tab. For questions please reach out to Samantha Frazee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORE Training is an 8 week cohort taking place virtually on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and completes your pre-certification training. You must register for an entire 8 week series. CORE Training covers child development and the effects of grief and trauma on children’s development, as well as addiction and recovery, Trust Based Relational Interventions and the legal responsibilities of foster parents. Please register for CORE Training online. The trainer will send out the Microsoft Teams link approximately 3-5 days before the class. Please ensure that you have registered using the correct email address, and remember to check your spam box for the link. If you have not received the link to join the class you may reach out to us at email@example.com.
To leave us a voicemail, please call 303-441-1081. Messages are checked daily M-F and phone calls will be returned within 1-2 days.
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.