Licensing & FAQ

Welcome!  This page is a resource for families who are in communication with a Youthnet licensor, and are in the process of becoming a licensed foster family.  If you are interested in fostering through Youthnet, please send us a message.  We will set up a time to meet, talk about the process, requirements, and forms, and guide you through the process.

Checklist

  • Please use this checklist as a guide throughout the licensing process, and contact your licensor if you have any questions.

Required Training

  • Caregiver Core Training is a 24-hour training required for all foster families. Only one caregiver is required to take the entire training, however we ask that two-caregiver households both participate in some of the training. CCT can be taken online or in person.

  • CPR must contain an in-person demonstration of your learning, and cover infant/child/adult CPR. We recommend training through Keep the Beat, as it's free for foster families and covers all required components.

  • Orientation is required for all foster families. Check this link to view our upcoming orientations, and let us know if you're available to attend.

  • If you're not able to make it to one of Youthnet's in-person orientations, DCYF offers an online option. Please send a copy of your certificate to your Youthnet licensor.

Licensing Forms

Step 1: Background Forms

Step 2: Remaining Licensing Forms

Nannies, Roommates & Adult Children Living in the Home

Nannies (regular childcare, at least once a week), adult children living in the home & roommates are required to submit the following items to your licensor.  Your adult children living in the home/roommates' background forms (background, out of state forms, release of information, and driver's license) must be submitted to your licensor immediately.  After submitting their background form, they cannot be left alone with foster children unsupervised for any length of time, until we receive their background clearance.  Background checks typically take 1-3 months to clear.

Minimum Licensing Requirements

  • All foster parents are required to read the WAC handbook prior to completing the Policy Agreements form

Age-Specific Licensing Requirements

Ages 0-2

  • Must have a crib or Pack n' Play

    Manufacture date must be shown on the crib or Pack n' Play (usually in the form of a sticker)
    Pack n' Plays must be manufactured after February 23, 2013
    Cribs must be manufactured after 2011
    A maximum of 2 3/8" between vertical slats of the crib
    Cribs, infant beds, bassinets, and playpens must be made of wood, metal, or approved plastic, with secure latching devices and clean, firm, snug-fitting mattress covered with waterproof material that can be easily disinfected

  • Age-appropriate child-proofing

    Ensure that all toxic or dangerous substances/items are out of reach/inaccessible
    Install magnetic locks in lower cabinets that contain potentially dangerous items
    Ensure that furniture is secure and won't tip over if pulled
    Install outlet covers
    Install blind anchors and wrap the cords out of reach

  • A wall-to-wall barrier is required to prevent foster children from burns
    Click the link above to view an example

  • Install safety gates in stairways

Ages 2-6

  • Age-appropriate child-proofing

    Ensure that all toxic or dangerous substances/items are out of reach/inaccessible
    Install magnetic locks in lower cabinets that contain potentially dangerous items
    Ensure that furniture is secure and won't tip over if pulled
    Install outlet covers
    Install blind anchors and wrap the cords out of reach

  • A wall-to-wall barrier is required to prevent foster children from burns
    Click the link above to view an example

  • Install safety gates in stairways

FAQ

  • Your Youthnet licensor will do an initial walk-through of your home and let you know exactly what you need to meet the minimum licensing requirements. Most families already meet many of these requirements, and just need to make a few adjustments or purchase a few items. If you'd like to see the inspection checklist in advance, click on the link above.

  • How do medications need to be stored?

    Foster parents must have a place in their home to store medications that is inaccessible to their foster children. In general, if licensed to foster young children, these can be stored in a drawer or cabinet with a magnetic lock. If licensed to take in older children, these should be stored in a locked container/drawer/cabinet with a key or combination code (such as a locked tackle box or a security box). Frequently used items (such as your coffee maker) cannot be stored in the same container as your medications. Internal, external, and pet medication must all be grouped and labeled separately, and pet medications must be stored in a separate locked container.

  • What are the requirements for pools and hot tubs?

    Hot tubs must be secured with a locking cover, and be kept locked when not in use. All swimming pools and other bodies of water must be fenced with a locking gate or other licensor-approved safety device, if they cannot be emptied after each use. Make all potential water hazards, including wading pools, inaccessible to children when not in use. Please contact your licensor prior to purchasing or installing any of these items, to be sure they meet the requirements. We will create and sign a safety plan for each body of water on your property.

  • What are the requirements for our pets?

    All animals on your property must be safe and properly cared for in a sanitary manner. You must comply with city, county, state and federal statutes and regulations regarding animal safety, vaccinations, standard veterinary care. Please provide a copy of your pet's vaccination records to your licensor, and store their medications in a separate locked container.

  • How long will it take to become licensed?

    In general, the entire licensing process takes approximately 3-6 months. From the time you submit your application/background packet, you and your Youthnet licensor will have 2-3 months to complete all remaining paperwork, documentation, interviews, and the home inspection. From there, your Youthnet licensor will write your family's Home Study and submit this to the state for approval. Their approval process typically takes 4-6 weeks.

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