The first step is to contact our office at (213) 365-2900 and speak to a staff member or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then send you information about the agency and a schedule of the upcoming orientation seminars and trainings.
The second step is to register for a three hour orientation seminar where the basic information about building a family through foster care, fost/adopt and domestic adoption is discussed and where all of your questions will be answered.
The third step is to attend 24 hours of training classes. These session are alternately held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Many topics are covered including but not limited to: an understanding of the foster care system, adoption, communication, discipline, the effect of loss and separation on children and an understanding of the relationship with biological parents. CPR and First Aid training are also required. The agency provides these classes on site or an applicant may choose to be come CPR and First Aid Certified elsewhere.
Concurrently with the training sessions, you will be given the application packet to complete. These are documents to fill out, others to read, agree to, and sign, and yet others to obtain and submit. A checklist is included.
A physical exam and a TB test test are required from all adults in your home as well as a DMV print-out.
Fingerprints and child abuse clearances are necessary and are obtained through the LiveScan process. A list of locations and necessary forms are provided.
Once all of your documents are completed and received by the agency, we will conduct a home study. The study consists of an interview with all family members that live in your home. We are interested in knowing about your current family, your family of origin, health history, employment, education, housing arrangements, child care experience and future plans, etc. We would also like to understand how you view foster care and what motivates you to become a foster parent.
The final step is the home inspection. We will arrange a time to come to your home and do a walk through following the regulations set forth by the state and the county with regard to the safety of your home. The inspection will take approximately one hour and may be done on the same day as your home study.
During training you will receive a list of the state and county requirements that you can use to prepare your home for the inspection, and thus for the children. Should there be anything that needs attention prior to our certifying you, we will give you every opportunity to complete those changes.
When all of the above steps are completed, and everything checks out, the agency invites you to visit our office and become certified as a foster/adoptive parent.