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STEPS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A FOSTER CARE LICENSE
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APPLICATION

Foster Care Application, Physician’s Reference Forms, and fingerprinting affidavit are received by the Foster Parent Recruiter.


ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE CLEARANCE

Names and birth dates of the applicant(s) and adult members of the household are cleared through the Department of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Identification, to determine if they have been convicted of any crimes involving persons, children, weapons, or illegal substance abuse. Foster parent applicants will also need to be fingerprinted through their local Police department in order for a national criminal clearance to be completed. Click here for more information on fingerprinting.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES CLEARANCE

Names and birth dates of all members of the household and their children are cleared through DCYF records to determine if there has been any involvement with the Department through substantiated incidents of child abuse or neglect or Juvenile Corrections.

HOME STUDY

A licensing social worker will contact you to schedule a home study once background checks are completed. The home study will emphasize the care and support you are able to provide to a foster child. Emphasis in foster care is on preparing a child to return home or to move to a permanent placement. The home study consists of two to four visits.

FIRE INSPECTION

Your licensing worker will arrange for an inspection by the DCYF fire inspectors. DCYF will assist with the required smoke detectors and remote boiler switch. Maximum reimbursement is $125 for a remote boiler switch and $25 for each smoke detector.

PHYSICIAN’S REFERENCE

Medical references for each adult member of the household will be obtained from your physicians by the licensing worker. Print a copy for each adult member of your household.


TRAINING

Foster Parent Orientation Training will be held one morning or evening a week for nine weeks. Each class will last for three hours, for a total of twenty-seven hours of training. You will be oriented to the role of foster parenting, the function of DCYF, and the needs of foster children. You will receive information on registering for Foster Parent Orientation at the time of your assignment to a licensing worker. You must have completed the application and clearance steps before you can register for classes. You must be registered in order to attend. Both parents must attend training. See Training explanation for more details.

For more information, please call Robin Perez, Foster Parent Recruiter, at (401) 528-3700 or email RobinPerez@dcyf.ri.gov.

Thank you for your interest in fostering!

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