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Application Process

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Becoming a certified foster parent can take as little as 8 weeks or as long as 6 months or more. 

The length of time depends on the applicant’s and the certifier’s availability as well as the complexity of each family or personal situation.

Here’s the general process:
  • Contact the certifier in your area.
  • Meet with the certifier to learn if you’re a good candidate and to determine next steps.
  • Apply.
  • Complete a full background check.
  • Complete a full home study.
  • Work with the certifier to complete the pre-service training (about 30 hours).

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