Becoming a Caregiver
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As a prospective foster parent, you’re just exploring the community. You are considering, evaluating and learning. You’re looking for information as you make a big decision, and we’re here to help.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, or becoming licensed? Fill out this form to get started.
Email Licensing and Kinship Coordinator Luanne Marshall at email@example.com to schedule a Lunch with Luanne for personal support with kinship or general foster licensing.
You can chose to work with State Licensing or a Child Placing Agency. There is no right or wrong path. All paths lead to the same place – caring for children and youth experiencing foster care. Consider all options and the best fit for your family.
Work directly with the local Licensing Division Foster families make placement decisions independently Foster parents work directly with DCYF staff Self-advocate for specific needs, services, and resources.
Child Placing Agency
Work directly with a local private agency CPA and caregiver coordinate placement decisions CPA provides advocacy for family and child needs, services, and resources Services provided or coordinated by agency Families receive individualized support and case management from the CPA.
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ comprehensive collection of resources on becoming a licensed foster parent through DCYF.
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families answers some questions you didn’t know you had with their Becoming a Foster Parent FAQ
Caregiver Core Training is the mandatory training for Washington State’s caregivers to become licensed. CCT can be taken two ways – Online or in the classroom.
Instructional video to Registering for and Completing Caregiver Core Training Online. You can access a transcript in the right column of the page that will follow along with the video. If you still need help after watching the videos, please feel free to reach out to us at AllianceSupport@uw.edu.