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 decide about becoming a Resource Family. Call (530) 225-5791 to register to attend an Orientation. Classes are available twice a month; see our Events page for the current schedule. At the Orientation, you will receive an application or you can start the application process here.
Step 2 – Complete Background Checks
You and all adults present in your home will make an appointment to submit electronic fingerprints (called Live Scan.) Your RFA social worker will 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. Your RFA social worker will provide information on how to register for training and how to complete CPR and First-Aid certification.
Step 4 – Complete Home Environment Assessment
Your 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 Evaluation Assessment
Your 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 – Approval and Placement
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 approved, you will be contacted by our social workers to discuss the foster or adoptive placement of a child or children who match your preferences.
Additional services to support you in meeting the child’s needs (such as monthly financial and medical assistance, child care, respite care services, support groups, etc.) are available.