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)
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.
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.
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)
- Children Home Alone
- Domestic Violence or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- International Parental Child Abduction
- Adult Survivors of Abuse
- Child Abuse or call National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1.800.422.4453)
- Child Abuse Reporting Numbers
- Child Sexual Exploitation/Missing Children
- Runaway Youth
- Victims of Crime Resource Center
- Substance Abuse
- Victims of Crime
- 2*1*1 Kern County
- Foster Parent Organization for Foster Parent