Becoming a Resource Family

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Open your heart. Open your home.

For additional information on becoming a resource family, please give us a call at 1-877-533-KIDS (5437).

Step 1: Attend an Orientation

We want to help you determine if becoming a resource parent is right for you and your family; therefore, you will be invited to attend a Resource Family Approval Program Information Orientation. At the orientation, child welfare professionals will provide an overview of the child welfare system, resource family types, expectations and specific information about the approval 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 resource parent. At the end of the orientation, you will be given an 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. You do not need to reserve a seat to attend Orientation, however seating is on a first come first serve basis so please arrive about 15 minutes early to ensure that there is a seat available for you.

If you are interested in learning more, please come to one of our informational orientations. This orientation is a requirement for the Resource Family Approval process.

Orientation Location:
West Fresno Regional Center
142 E. California Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
(On the South West corner of California & Walnut)
English Orientation: Room #207 / Spanish Orientation: Room #214

Dates of Orientation

Session #1

Session #2

Monday, October 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm 
Monday, October 28, 2019
 5:30pm - 7:00pm 7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, November 4, 2019  9:00am - 10:30am   11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, November 25, 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm   7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, December 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm 
Monday,  December 23, 2019  5:30pm - 7:00pm   7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday,  January 13, 2020  9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday,  January 27, 2020  5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday,  February 10, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, February 24, 2020
 5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday,  March 9, 2020    9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday,  March 23, 2020
5:30pm - 7:00pm   7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, April 13, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, April 27, 2020
 5:30pm - 7:00pm 7:30pm - 9:00pm  
Monday, May 11, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday,  May 25, 2020
 5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, June 8, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, June 22, 2020   5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, July 13, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, July 27, 2020  5:30pm - 7:00pm   7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, August 10, 2020
 9:00am - 10:30am  11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, August 24, 2020
 5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday, September 14, 2020  9:00am - 10:30am 11:00am - 12:30pm 
Monday, September 28, 2020
 5:30pm - 7:00pm  7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Monday,  October 12, 2020   9:00am - 10:30am 11:00am - 12:30pm 
Monday,  October 26, 2020  5:30pm - 7:00pm 7:30pm - 9:00pm  


Step 2: Submit an Application

Applicants are to bring their completed application packet, identification and verification of completed RFA Orientation to the Fulton Building, 1821 Fulton St. Fresno 93721, (559) 600-2396, in the reception area. Applicants may walk in but are encouraged to make an appointment to Live Scan when submitting  their application packet. Reception will review the application for accuracy and completion. Once completed, an RFA application number will be assigned to the applicant and the application will be logged in the RFA tracking database.

Step 3: Attend Pre Approval Training

During the application process, you will attend a 2-week Trauma Informed Pre-approval training program taught by experienced resource parents and DSS staff. This training will help develop your parenting skills, build confidence, and assist you in assessing your own strengths as a resource 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 application has been submitted. There is a Pre-approval training program at West Fresno Regional Center, as well as one at Fresno City College.

Upon the successful completion of all of the approval requirements, home inspection, and training, you may become a resource 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 approval.

What is Resource Family Approval?

Resource Family Approval (RFA) is a new family friendly and child-centered caregiver approval process that combines elements of the current foster parent licensing, relative approval and approvals for adoption and guardianship and replaces those processes.


  • Is streamlined: It eliminates the duplication of existing processes
  • Unifies approval standards for all caregivers regardless of the child's case plan
  • Includes a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, home environment check and training for all families, including relatives
  • Prepares families to better meet the needs of vulnerable children in the foster care system
  • Allows seamless transition to permanency