The Foster Parent NETwork
San Joaquin County
Phone 209-465-KIDS (5437)
Questions About Licensing
Q: Why must foster homes be licensed?
A: State regulations require that foster parents be licensed. This is to insure that the home meets health and safety standards. Relatives and family members are exempt from licensure, although they must meet the same requirements as licensed foster parents.
Q: Who actually issues the license?
A: San Joaquin County Foster Care Licensing provides licensing services and issues the license. The licensing regulations are established in the California Administrative Code and are supplemented by local regulations.
Q: What is
the process for becoming licenses as a foster parent?
A: The process for obtaining a foster care license is as follows:
Q: I want to
adopt a child. Do I still need to obtain a foster home license?
A: Yes. In order to
adopt, you must be licensed to care for the child until the adoption is
Q: Who is
allowed to take care of foster children when the foster parents are not
A: Persons who are themselves licensed foster parents, licensed day care providers, alternate caretakers cleared through Foster Home Licensing, or who have been certified through the State may care for foster children. If the caretaker is a licensed foster parent, licensed day care operator or certified through a foster family agency (FFA), the foster child may be cared for in that person's home. Otherwise, a person cleared through Foster Home Licensing must care for the foster child in the foster parent's home.
B: Effective January 1, 2006, new provisions contained in Section 362.04 of the Welfare and Institutions Code provides that a caregiver can use a short-term babysitter (meaning no more than 24 hours) when a caregiver needs to attend various activities, including, but not limited to:
The new law allows the short-term babysitter to care for a foster child without having to obtain a health screen, CPR certification or a criminal record background check.
Q: What is
the cost of securing a license?
Q: How many
foster children can we care for at any one time?
A: Each child needs
individual love and care from the foster parents. For that reason the number
of foster children in the home shall not exceed six. An infant needs
lots of individual attention from the foster parents for his normal
development. Therefore, the number of infants under two years of age,
including infants of the foster family, must be strictly limited to two.
Q: Is my
license transferable from state to state?
on-going education or training required for the foster parent?
A: Yes. During each year of licensure, foster parents are required to complete initial and on-going training related to foster parenting and/or child development.
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