Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent
Step 1: Give us a Call
Contact the Fresno County Department of Social Services' toll-free Foster Care Recruitment Line to receive information about how to become a licensed foster parent. Our recruitment team will answer your questions and mail you an information packet.
Step 2: Attend an Orientation
We want to help you determine if foster parenting is right for you and your family; therefore, you will be invited to attend a Foster & Adoptive Parent Informational Orientation. At the orientation, child welfare professionals will provide an overview of foster care and adoption as well as specific information about the licensing process. You do not have to make any major decisions at this point, the only thing you need to do is decide whether or not you want to continue with the journey of becoming a foster parent. At the end of the orientation, you will be given a licensing application to take with you as well as a certificate of attendance which will need to be turned in with your completed application within 6 months of the orientation date.
To view the schedule of upcoming orientations, please click here .
Note: The Orientation scheduled for December 23rd, 2013 has been cancelled!
Step 3: Submit an Application Your completed licensing application must be returned, in-person and by appointment, to Fresno County Foster Care Licensing. Your fingerprints (Livescan) will be taken at the time you submit your application. Once a licensing program analyst has reviewed the application for completeness, you will be contacted to schedule a home inspection.
Step 4: Complete Pre-Placement Training Series
During the licensing application process, you will attend a 10-week Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) training program taught by experienced foster parents and staff. PRIDE will help develop your parenting skills, build confidence, and assist you in assessing your own strengths as a foster parent. You will learn about your rights and responsibilities as a caregiver, how to work with social workers and birth parents as well as how to help children adjust to their temporary placement in your home. This training program is of no cost to you and can be started before your licensing application has been submitted.
To view the schedule of PRIDE classes (July - September) please click here.
To view the schedule of PRIDE classes (October - December) please click here.
Step 5: Licensure as a Fresno County Foster Parent
Upon the successful completion of all of the licensing requirements, home inspection, and training, you will become a licensed foster parent. This means you can now care for dependent children in your home. Please keep in mind that a child's placement in a home is determined by his/her needs; therefore, you may not be immediately contacted for placement upon licensure.