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The Resource Family Approval Requirements

Published on: 5/21/2015 7:16 PM

The Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) is seeking motivated Resource Families who agree to:

  • Make Pre-Approval training a priority;
  • Aim to submit a completed application within 30 days;
  • Aspire to complete the approval process within 90 days.


There may be minimal costs associated with the approval process. The following is a partial list of requirements to be completed prior to approval. For more information, please contact an RFA Recruiter at 408-299-KIDS.

Basic Requirements and Qualifications to become a Resource Family

  • Have the ability to love, understand, care for and accept a child to whom they did not give birth.
  • Be in good physical and mental health to ensure that you can meet the needs of children coming into your home (A physical exam is required.)
  • Have sufficient income to meet current expenses.
  • Must be resident of Santa Clara County if you are not a Relative or Non Relative Extended Family Member (NREFM).
  • May be married, single, separated or divorced.


  • Applicant(s) must complete an Informational Meeting and the Resource Family Orientation.
  • Attend Pre-approval training to learn how to meet the needs of children in care and how to best work with the child’s family.
  • Applicant(s) must be certified in CPR and First aid by completing in classroom-hands on training.


  • Applicant(s) (Single, two-parent, same gender families) must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must complete an application packet which includes references and physical examination, verification of employment and control of property, i.e. utility bills, grant deed or rental/ lease agreement.
  • Be willing to submit to a background check (each adult in the home).
  • TB clearances are required for all adults 18 years and over residing in the home.
  • Complete and be approved for a permanency assessment.

Home Safety Inspection

  • Home must have adequate bedroom space to accommodate all family member including foster children.
  • All furniture must be safe and in good repair.
  • Home must have functioning smoke detectors.
  • Poisons, firearms and other dangerous weapons must be locked.
  • Working telephone is required.
  • Home and yard must be clean, safe, sanitary and in good repair.
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds, or any other bodies of water must be secured according to RFA Written Directives.
  • Medicines must be inaccessible to children at all times.
  • Home remodels, additions and conversions, i.e., garages, must have appropriate city permits.
  • Cleaners, toxics and other hazardous items are inaccessible to children.