Become a Foster Parent - Requirements

Basic Licensing Requirements for Regular Foster Care Provider Homes:

  • Provider is 21 years of age or older and a legal resident of Arizona.
  • Valid fingerprint cards and criminal history background checks are required for all household members 18 years of age or older living in the home for at least 21 days a year.
  • Provider attends 30 hours of PS-MAPP (Parenting for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training classes at no cost.
  • Pass a home fire and safety inspection by the Office of Licensing, Certification and Regulation.
  • Provide names, addresses and phone numbers of five references.
  • Provide a Physician’s Statement for all household members 18 years of age or older living in the home for at least 21 days a year.
  • Complete all required paperwork prior to licensing.
  • Work cooperatively with the licensing agency once the agency agrees to and supports the requested licensing of the family.
  • Provide current copies of your driver’s license, auto insurance, registration, proof of income, dog’s rabies vaccination and any prior marriage divorce decrees or legal separation papers.
  • Understand that getting licensed does not guarantee a child being placed in the home.
  • Agree to follow all requirements in Article 58 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.
  • All foster children need appropriate space and accommodations.
  • Provide information about prior work experience with children, motivation for requesting licensure and any previous experience as a licensed foster parent in any state.
  • Demonstrate skills in working with 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.

(833) 528-0182 Contact Us For Foster Care Services

Please follow this link for more information on the steps to become a foster parent: 

For more information, please contact:

Jack Smith, Foster Care Recruiter
Phone: (520) 241-2448
Fax: (520) 407-5398

Maricopa County
Danielle Gross, Foster Care Recruiter
1515 E Osborne rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (480) 651-2711

Yuma County
Victor Durazo, Foster Care Recruiter
2545 S. Arizona Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: (928) 919-9304

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