Who Can Foster a Child?                                                   

The best way to learn more is to attend one of our prospective resource parent orientations. There, you will receive an overview of the process, have your questions answered, and hear personal experiences from one of our extraordinary families. Take a look at our calendar for a list of upcoming orientations or contact us directly at 213-365-2900 or info@extraordinaryfamilies.org.

Here is a partial checklist of some of the requirements:

  • You must be at least 25 years of age.
  • You may be single or coupled. If coupled, living together for at least one year.
  • Your family must be stable and everyone must be interested in caring for a child.
  • All members of the household, as well as those caring for the child or children, must pass a criminal record clearance.
  • You must demonstrate financial stability, with income greater than your expenses.
  • The health of your family members must allow for the care of normally active youngsters.
  • Your home must be suitably equipped, safe, and clean and have sufficient space to accommodate additional children.
  • Safe and reliable transportation must be available.
  • Automobile insurance must be current and kept up to date and all drivers must have valid California drivers’ licenses and clean driving records.
  • You must complete the entire application process, including an orientation, 21 hours of pre-certification training, and 15 hours of continuing education each year thereafter.
  • You must satisfactorily complete a Home Study.
  • You must agree to comply with all Title XXII, State, County, and agency regulations.

We encourage you to fill out our Self-Assessment to learn more about the qualifications. For a step-by-step guide on how to become certified, click here.