Becoming a Resource Parent
Resource parents are loving, caring and committed individuals who provide a safe, stable home for children who are temporarily removed from the custody of their biological care-giving homes. They work as part of a team to reunify a child with his/her biological parent(s) or relative(s) if possible. Resource parents provide the support necessary to help a child deal with any issue they may be experiencing.
Resource Parent Benefits
- Monthly tax-free compensation
- Agency-paid background check (nominal rolling fee is charged to applicant)
- Agency-paid First Aid and CPR Certification
- Free initial Resource Family training (refreshments & lunch provided)
- Ongoing training provided by a Masters Level Social Worker and specialized for each Resource Family
Any individual, regardless of marital status, can apply to become a Resource Parent. California Foster Families requires individuals to be at least 21 years of age, have a clean background check, be able to complete the required trainings, and provide a clean, safe and nurturing living environment.
Approval Process and Requirements
- Resource Parent Referral Form
- Initial Application Meeting (1 hour of training)
- Eligibility Meeting (1 hour of training)
- Initial Home Inspection and Policy and Procedures Review (2 hours of training)
- Final Home Inspection (1 hour of training)
- Pre-Approval Training (8 hours of RFA Orientation Class)
- CPR/First Aid Certification
If you are interested in becoming a resource parent, download the form below and return it to Tracy Tousley at firstname.lastname@example.org.