Foster Family Services

Change a Child's Life by Becoming an Aspiranet Family!

Basic Requirements

We believe every child deserves to live in a safe and stable family, so we work to ensure that every Aspiranet Parent can provide just that. You can open your heart and home to a child regardless of your ethnic background, education level, sexual orientation, relationship status (single, married or partnered), job status (part- or full-time) or home ownership. You don’t need to be any special “type” of person, but important requirements and criteria are listed below.

Every prospective parent in the household must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
    • Otherwise, age is rarely an issue as long as the parent is healthy and motivated
  • Be able to support their current household on their current income, without receiving assistance
  • Attend and complete all Aspiranet Parent Education classes
  • Must be fingerprinted and have Child Abuse Index and fingerprint clearances
    • Includes everyone age 18 and older living in the home
    • Upon certification, foster parents and one respite provider will be reimbursed for their fingerprint submissions.
  • Complete a standard first aid course that includes adult, child and infant CPR
  • Pass a medical exam with negative TB test
    • Includes everyone age 18 and older living in the home
  • Have a valid California driver’s license, clean driving record and reliable transportation that is not public
    • 10-year DMV driving record and proof of insurance must be submitted
  • Participate in all family assessment interviews
  • Complete and pass a home fire and safety inspection
  • Have all persons living in the home participate in a Foster-Adopt Home Study interview
    • Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a family affair, so all family members must agree to participate in caring for children placed in the home

Home requirements include:

  • Adequate space for a child
    • A bedroom is defined as a room that is not a “pass-through” to another room and has a door for privacy and a closet
    • A foster child can share a bedroom with another child who is the same gender and within five years of their age, but no more than 2 to a room.
    • Adults may not share bedrooms with children, unless the child is under 2 years of age
  • Each foster child must have own bed with frame, a dresser with drawers for each child, closet space, lamp on a night stand or overhead lighting, decorations on the wall that are appropriate for children
  • Locks on cabinets (for medications, household toxics, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher (2A10BC) on each level of the home
  • Smoke detectors – minimum of two
  • First aid kit and manual

If applicable (more details will be provided after speaking with an Aspiranet Family Coordinator):

  • Swimming pools on the property must have a 5-foot fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool
    • If the pool is above ground, a locking or removable ladder may be used
  • Aspiranet will complete assessment of pets for safety, including breeds of dogs known to be aggressive

Do you still have questions? Call one of our Aspiranet Family coordinators at  877.380.4376 and take the first step to creating a lifelong connection with a foster child.

 

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