Becoming a Resource Family

Becoming a resource family requires the following:

Preparation and Home Inspection

All homes prior to certification must have a home inspection done to insure all state guidelines are met.


All resource families must complete several hours of orientation training prior to certification. (Note: 30 hours for Riverside County)

First Aid/CPR

All resource families must be First Aid/CPR certified.


There are 2 packets of information that must be filled out. One is a basic overview and the second is more in-depth information needed for the certification process.

Health Clearances

You will need to have a routine check-up and TB test screening.

Federal and State Clearances

All prospective resource families must be fingerprinted and have DOJ, FBI and Child Abuse clearances prior to certification.

Crisis Resources:

If you do not know who to contact regarding your crisis situations or concerns, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a list of resources.

Contact information for State, local, tribal, and private organizations that address a range of child, youth, and family issues. Childhelp is a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous. Contact them at 1.800.4.A.CHILD. (1.800.422.4453)

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