Before you become a foster or adoptive parent, there are a few basic requirements that you need to fulfill:
You must be at least 25 years of age.
Your family must be stable and everyone must be interested in caring for a foster child.
No one in your home, or caring for the child may have a criminal record.
Your income must be equal to, or exceed, your expenses.
The health of your family members must allow for the care of normally active youngsters.
Your home must be suitably equipped, safe and clean and have sufficient space to accommodate additional children.
Safe, insured transportation must be available and drivers must have currently valid California drivers’ licenses and clean driving record.
You must be open to a team approach for the care of the placed children, cooperating fully with Agency personnel and birth families.
You must complete the entire application process, including 24 hours of pre-certification training, nine additional hours of training during the first year following certification and 15 hours each year thereafter.
You must agree to comply with all Title XXII, State, County and SCFFAA regulations.