Requirements to Foster

Young Man with Backpack SmilingIn 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 from you for the completion of the 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

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:

  • Parenting/Supporting Children exposed to trauma
  • CPR
  • Love and Logic Parenting
  • Teen Care
  • Medication Management
  • Working with your Child's School
  • Yoga to help treat Trauma
  • Legal Aspects of Foster Care