6 Steps to Becoming a Resource Family

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There are only 6 steps to take on the pathway to becoming a Resource Family:

Step 1 – Attend Orientation and Complete Application

The orientation is an informal meeting for you to learn about the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process, ask questions and make a decision about becoming a Resource Family. Call 707-463-7907 to register to attend an orientation. HHSA/FCS Resource Family Recruitment Section hosts monthly Resource (Foster & Adoptive) Parent Orientations. At the orientation, you will receive an application. To begin the process, please complete the online application or you can return the application by mail to:

Health & Human Services / Family & Children’s Services (FCS)
727 S. State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

Step 2 – Complete Background Checks

An RFA Team Member will arrange for you to submit electronic fingerprints (called Live Scan) and assist you with any additional information necessary to request a criminal background clearance.

Step 3 – Attend Pre-Approval RFA Training

Prospective resource parents are required to attend 12 hours of pre-approval RFA training. This RFA training program will provide you with valuable information about the foster care system, the needs of children, and what it means to be a Resource Family. You will be provided information on how to register for training by the RFA Intake Worker. You will also need to complete CPR and First-Aid certification, which will be provided to you.

Step 4 – Complete Home Environment Assessment

A RFA Social Worker will schedule a time to meet with you and your family in your home. They will make sure your home passes a basic health and safety inspection and provides a suitable environment for children in the foster care system.

Step 5 – Complete Family Assessment

An RFA Social Worker will schedule an appointment with you and your family to begin the Family Assessment process. This assessment will assist in determining your readiness to provide a safe and stable home environment for children who cannot safely live with their own families. The purpose of this assessment is to discuss your family’s personal history, interests and lifestyles, childcare experiences, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children’s needs.

Step 6 – Receive Approval

Once you have completed the above steps, you will make a decision about the number, ages, and behaviors of the children that you feel you are prepared to accept into your family home. You will then receive a Resource Family certificate of approval. Once you receive your certificate, you will be approved to foster or adopt.