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Requirements to Foster
Foster Care ImageIn addition to the 30 hour pre-service training, the following is a checklist of required information for the licensure of all prospective foster/adoptive parents. Your licensing agency worker will collect the following items from you for the completion of the home study. In-service training will enable you as a foster/adoptive family to become better able to provide a healing home for the abused and/or neglected children who come into your home.

State of Virginia General Provider Approval Requirements







  • Foster/Adopt Application
  • Copy of Green Card or Residency Papers (if applicable)
  • Finger Print Cards
  • Release for Child Protective Services (CPS) Background Search
  • Psychological Evaluation (paid for by the agency)
  • Compliance Form
  • Corporal Punishment Agreement
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Acknowledgement Form
  • Behavior Rating Sheet
  • Copy of Current Driver's License
  • Copy of DMV Driving Record
  • Proof of Current Car Insurance Coverage Policy
  • Proof of Current Health Insurance Coverage Policy
  • Proof of Life Insurance Policy (if applicable)
  • Doctor's Health Statement
  • Copy of Current Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Test Results
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Copy of Most Recent Pay Stub
  • List of Monthly Expenses and Income
  • Statement of Current Home Value and Amount of Current Mortgage
  • Copy of Most Recent Federal Tax Return
  • List of Four Personal References With Current Contact Information
  • Copy of Completed Home Study (to be completed by agency worker)
  • Copy of Household Fire Evacuation Plan

Resource Families are strongly encouraged to attend any and all In Service training that is provided at little or no cost.
Examples of such trainings are:

  • CPR
  • Beyond Consequences – Attachment Disorder
  • STEP Parenting - babies, school age, teen
  • Managing the Fostering Experience Workshop
  • Promoting Children’s Personal and Cultural Identity Workshop
  • Responding to the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse Workshop