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Becoming a Foster Care (HRSS) Provider

If you are considering becoming a foster care provider for Intermountain Centers, you need to know:

Basic Licensing Requirements for Regular Foster Provider Homes

  • You must be 21 years of age or older and a legal resident of Arizona.
  • You and all persons living in your home for 21 days a year or more that are 18 years of age or older must have a fingerprint card and pass a criminal history background check.
  • You must attend 30 hours of PS-MAPP (Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training classes, at no cost.
  • Your home must pass an Office of Licensing, Certification and Regulation fire and safety inspection.
  • You must provide names, addresses and phone numbers of five references.
  • You must provide a Physician’s Statement for any household member 18 years of age or older that resides in the home 21 days or more during the year.
  • You must complete all required paperwork prior to licensing.
  • You must work cooperatively with the licensing agency. The agency must agree to and support licensing the family for the type of license requested.
  • You must provide current copies of your driver’s license, auto insurance and registration, proof of income, dog’s rabies vaccination and any prior marriage divorce decrees or legal separation papers.
  • You must understand that licensing does not guarantee a child being placed in the home.
  • You must agree to follow all requirements in Article 58 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.
  • You must have appropriate space and accommodations for any foster child.
  • You must provide information about prior work experience with children, motivation for requesting licensure and any previous experience as a licensed foster parent in any state.
  • You must demonstrate skills working within a team, patience, compassion for youth, ability to work with biological parents and ability to make sound judgments regarding the care and nurturing of youth.

Additional Requirements for HCTC (Therapeutic Foster Care) Homes

  • As a parent candidate, you must have one year of verifiable work experience with Special Needs children and/or a Bachelor’s degree in one of the Social Sciences.
  • Where a couple is applying, it is preferred that one of the two of you is not working out of the home at all times, available to the child throughout each day.
  • You must assure each child coming in to your home of his/her own bedroom.
  • You must have the ability to partner with Intermountain Centers and espouse the agency’s philosophy of providing a caring, teaching environment for any youth in their care, rather than solely a custodial environment.
  • Your home must be free of weapons and alcohol.
  • You must agree to and comply with a contract to provide HCTC Services as an Independent Contractor with Intermountain Centers.
  • Each parent is required to complete the following additional training:
    1. Arizona Professional Foster Parenting Classes – 18 hours
    2. CPR/First Aid – 4 hours
    3. CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Training – 8 to 12 hours
    4. Behavioral Health Documentation and Incident Report Writing – 2 hours
    5. Medication Handling – 2.5 hours
    6. Behavioral Concepts – 3 hours
    7. Practicum – 12 hours

For more information, please contact:

Jack Smith, Foster Care Recruiter
Phone: (520) 721-1887 ext. 5283
Fax: (520) 407-5398

Cristina Greenberg, Recruiter for Southeastern Arizona
Phone: (520) 301-0646

Chris Hileman, Recruiter for Northern Arizona
Phone: (520) 262-9483

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