Apply to Become a Resource Parent

Ready to become a resource family for a child? Please review the steps below. We are here to help you along your journey.
If you have specific child in mind that you wanted to foster (e.g., a relative), please contact us.

Resource Families is excited to announce the launch of BINTI. BINTI is an online applicant portal that allows perspective applicants to easily complete corresponding application and licensing forms online from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Interested applicants can access BINTI here.


Who can be a resource parent?

Becoming a foster/adoptive parent requires flexibility, a sense of humor, a willingness to grow and learn, but most of all a commitment to provide a safe, nurturing, and loving home for a child. The application and licensing process is the same for foster and adoptive families.
In general, foster parents must:

● Be 21 years old or older
● Pass background checks
● Be in good enough health to care for a child
● Be able to make ends meet financially

You may own or rent your home. That home must pass a fire and safety inspection. If you would like to foster a child under the age of 6, your home must also pass a lead inspection If your home was built prior to 1978. For more information, review the Foster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure Guidance Document.

The Department does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, marital status, religion, race, or sexual preference.

The Foster Care Journey

A helpful graphic to assist with understanding foster care - for children, their families, and foster parents.

The Foster Care Journey


Five steps to become a Resource Family

This is a big decision. Before applying, we encourage you to speak with a member of our team. Contact us and attend one of our information sessions to get your questions answered.

The application asks for basic information about your family and home. We also require BCI and DCYF clearances and fingerprinting to complete background checks, personal references, and physician’s references.

Complete an application in English Complete an application in Spanish/Completa una aplicacíon en Español

All resource parents will complete a 30-hour pre-service orientation training held once a week for 3 hours for 10 weeks. We will work with you to find a training series that fits your schedule.

Visits to your home will occur to assess safety and the ability of your family to provide a safe, nurturing, setting for a child.

Once you are licensed, we will work with you to match your family with a child or children who will thrive in your home.