Licensing Requirements

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA REQUIRES FOSTER PARENTS TO BE LICENSED. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING, SETS AND MONITORS THE REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS OF FOSTER CARE LICENSING.

Foster Home Licensing Requirements for Foster Parents in Orange County

  • Applicant(s) must reside in Orange County, California.
  • Applicant(s) must be at least 18-years old or older.
  • Applicant(s) may be single or married, in traditional or same gender families, of all ethnicities and income levels, with or without children.
  • Applicant(s) must complete application packet after attending the Foster Care Application Workshop.
  • Applicant(s) and all adults, 18-years and older, living in the residence must be Livescanned (fingerprinted), background checked, and TB tested.
  • Applicant(s) and all prospective caretakers must attend the PRIDE training program.
  • Applicant(s) must have adequate bedroom space to accommodate all family members, including foster children, and others that may reside in the home.
  • Applicant(s) must have adequate income to meet their needs and financial obligations.
  • Applicants' homes must have smoke alarms installed and in good working order.
  • Applicant(s) must ensure all weapons in the home are unloaded and stored in locked, secured places.
  • Applicant(s) and adults, 18-years old and older, living in the residence, with criminal backgrounds could prevent the applicant from becoming licensed.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be licensed if the applicant or any adult, 18-years old or older, living in the home, is on probation or parole.
  • Applicant(s) may not spank or use any corporal punishment to discipline foster children.
  • Applicant(s) must have a working telephone.
  • The applicant's home or apartment and outdoor activity space must be safe and in good condition.
  • Applicant(s) and all licensed adults, 18-years old and older, living in the home, must be trained in First Aid/CPR.
  • Applicant(s) must ensure that all medications and poisons are kept in locked, secured places.

For more information, please call (714) 704-8000 and ask to speak to the officer-of-the-day in the Licensing Program.