How do I become a foster parent?

The first step is to call the Orange County Foster and Adoptive Parent information line at (888) 871-KIDS (1-888-871-5437) to attend an orientation.

The decision to become a foster parent must be made with care by both you and our agency. Additionally, the State of California requires foster parents to be licensed. The licensing process involves:

  • Completing an application;
  • Undergoing a home safety check;
  • Submitting a medical report;
  • Providing character references;
  • Authorizing background checks on all adults living in the home;
  • Submitting the results of TB tests for everyone residing in the home;
  • Completing a series of six specialized training classes; and,
  • Providing proof of CPR/First Aid certification
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