Requirements to Foster

School-Pupil-PortraitIn addition to the 27 hour pre-service training, the following is a checklist of required information for the licensure of all prospective foster/adoptive parents. 

Your licensing agency worker will work with you to collect the following items for the completion of your home study. In addition, 10 hours of in-service training is required every year. These trainings will enable you to become better able to provide a healing home for the abused and/or neglected children who join your family.

State of Virginia General Provider Approval Requirements (PDF)

  • Foster/Adopt Application
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Central Registry (CPS) Background Search
  • Corporal Punishment Agreement
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Acknowledgement Form
  • Current Driver's License
  • DMV Driving Record
  • Proof of Current Car Insurance Coverage Policy
  • Proof of Current Health Insurance Coverage Policy
  • Proof of Life Insurance Policy (required to adopt)
  • Doctor's Health Statement
  • Current Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Test Results for all household members
  • Marriage Certificate and/or Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Copy of Most Recent Pay Stub/or Most Recent Federal Tax Return
  • List of Monthly Expenses and Income
  • Statement of Current Home Value and Amount of Current Mortgage
  • List of 3 Personal References With Current Contact Information
  • Completed Home Study (to be completed by agency worker)
  • Household Fire Evacuation Plan
  • Agency specific forms
  • Complete Background Checks for all household members

Yearly Service Training

In addition, each Resource parent is required to attend a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training per year. In-service trainings are provided by the agency at no cost to its resource families.

Examples of such trainings are:

  1. Parenting/Supporting Children exposed to trauma
  2. CPR
  3. Love and Logic Parenting
  4. Teen Care
  5. Medication Management
  6. Working with your Child's School
  7. Yoga to help treat Trauma
  8. Legal Aspects of Foster Care