As of January 2017 the State of California and its counties to include Fresno will no longer be licensing new foster parents. Beginning January 1, 2017 all prospective care givers for foster children to include those that would have formally have been foster parents and/or relatives/mentors to foster children will all go through a process called Resource Family Approval. In preparation of this change the County of Fresno will no longer accept new applications to become a Fresno County Foster Parent after November 1, 2016. If you are still interested in becoming a Fresno County Foster Parent please turn in your application in person at our office, which is located at 2135 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721by November 1, 2016.
Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent
Step 1: 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 Foster Parent Orientation (July 2015 - June 2017), please click here .
Step 2: 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 3: Complete Pre-Placement Training Series
During the licensing application process, you will attend a 10-week Trauma Informed Pre-service training program taught by experienced foster parents and staff. This training 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 Fresno City Pre-Service Training Calendar (October - December 2016), please click here
Step 4: 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.
For additional information on becoming a Licensed Foster Parent, give us a call at 1-877-533-KIDS (5437).