Given current CDC and State recommendations regarding COVID-19, what steps can I take to become a licensed foster parent?
There has been an urgent need for foster homes for many years, and unfortunately we continue to need homes now more than ever. This is an uncertain time for youth in care, and we are looking for caregivers who can provide them with reassurance, support, and a stable home.
Youthnet is actively accepting foster parent applications and helping families through the licensing process. Connect with us through our contact page or by calling (360)420-2206. There are many aspects that can be completed prior to starting interviews, including:
- Online orientation
- Application, background, and other required forms
- 24 hours of Caregiver Core Training online
- A virtual walk-through of your home with a Youthnet licensor
- Home safety preparations
Currently, the Department is allowing Youthnet to complete licensing interviews and inspections over video calls while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Your Youthnet licensor will help you through each of these steps. We are are gathering a list of updates and resources for our community, and these can be viewed on our website.
Youthnet is offering free online orientations every month. By registering, you will receive an email invitation day-of to participate through Zoom, a free online video conferencing service. Your video participation is optional and those who participate through comments, audio, or video will receive a training certificate (required for licensing). Our team will share about how kids and teens enter foster care, the services available to kids and families, and what it looks like to become a foster parent or respite provider. If you're considering becoming a foster parent or if you'd like to learn more about foster care in general, we hope you'll join us! Future orientations are listed on our calendar.