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CERTIFICATION

 

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

The certification procedure begins when the foster parent application has been completed and submitted, and ends when the Agency agrees that training has been accomplished and the state of the premises is consistent with State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (Title XXII Regulations).

The process of certification will take 1-2 months, depending on the amount of time required to process fingerprints and the amount of time required to bring the family home up to standards. Agency personnel will be available for support and provide assistance as you move through each stage in the procedure.

The agency reserves the right to dismiss an applicant at any time during the initial pre-certification process. The following is a list of requirements by the Agency and State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing requirements that a family must meet in order to become certified:

  1. A completed and signed application.

  2. 30 hours of pre-certification training.

  3. Department of Justice /Child Abuse Index/FBI Clearances for: All adults living in the home of 18 years of age and older and Designated Babysitter.

  4. Photo Identification California Driver's License, California State ID, or Passport

  5. Copy of Social Security Card

  6. Copy of Current California Driver's License For each adult living in the home who is authorized to drive placed children. Babysitter if authorized to drive placed children.

  7. Copy of DMV Printout For each adult living in the home that will be driving placed children. Babysitter who will be driving placed children.

  8. A Copy of Automobile Liability Insurance All automobiles used to transport placed children, owned by the certified family, must have automobile liability insurance coverage at all times.

  9. Vehicle Safety. Vehicle safety inspections are required for each certified family owned vehicle that will be used to transport placed children.

  10. Pools and Jacuzzis. Pools must be properly fenced or covered according to Title XXII Regulations and Jacuzzis must be locked.

  11. Water Safety Certification. Adults living in the home with swimming pools and Jacuzzis are required to complete a water safety course.

  12. First Aid and CPR. Adults living in the home and the babysitter are required to complete CPR and First Aid certification and are required to renew the certification before expiration. The agency will reimburse up to $55 for CPR/First Aid training for foster parent (s) and one backup baby sitters after the initial certification if the renewal certificate is provided to the agency before the expiration date.

  13. A First Aid Kit must be stored in the home along with the current first aid manual.

  14. Health Screen. A current physical exam and TB test must be submitted for all adults in the home including the babysitter. It must indicate that no disease or physical condition exists that would interfere with the ability to care for children. The agency will only accept an original copy stamped and signed by the medical provider/office.

  15. Fire Extinguisher. A type 2A 10BC or larger, must be visible and mounted on the wall in an accessible area of the kitchen. The Agency will check to make sure it is charged at all times.

  16. References. Three (3) character references are required. No family members will be acceptable. Each will be contacted by the Agency.

  17. Financial Statement. Income will be evaluated in order to estimate the family's ability to support the financial needs of themselves and incumbent children.

  18. Other Foster Family Associations. A letter of from the previous foster family agency, if applicable.

  19. Adequate Space. Bedroom space and beds must be present at certification. No more than two children to a bedroom; children sharing a bedroom must be of the same sex unless they are both under five. Infants may share the foster parent's bedroom until they are two years of age. A bedroom whose access is only through another room, as opposed to a hallway, will not be used.

  20. Capacity. Homes may not exceed a total of six children, under the age of 18, foster or otherwise living in the home.

  21. Back-up-Babysitter, A back-up babysitter is required for each home and is mandated to ensure that the family has childcare in the event of an emergency.

  22. Home Compliance Check. The premises must adhere to Title XXII regulations, including the storing of toxins and medications in locked locations, ensuring that guns and ammunition are stored and locked separately, and fireplaces are screened. An agency representative will visit your home to ensure that all safety regulations are in compliance prior to your certification. Home Compliance Checks will be conducted on a quarterly (every 3 months) basis after the initial date of certification.

  23. Criminal Record Statement. All adults in the home and babysitters are required to complete the Criminal Record Statement prior to certification and before obtaining Live Scan Services (Department of Justice Clearances/FBI/Child Abuse Index). (Reimbursable after the initial 30-day placement of a foster child into your home)

RECERTIFICATION

Certification is good for one year, after which time recertification is required. When the Agency recertifies a foster family, they will make sure the home is in accordance with the standards as described above. In addition, the foster family must complete no less than 15 hours of training during the first year of certification & no less than 15 hours thereafter, and provide the Agency with evidence to this effect. The Agency will also consider the family's ability to provide for the needs of children and to cooperate with the Agency and Department of Child Protective Services. Foster parents will be required to submit paperwork that is necessary for an annual recertification.

 
     
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