Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Getting Started

Getting Started

Process to become a foster provider:

  1. Attend an Orientation
  2. Complete Foster and Kinship Provider Training
  3. Submit your Application
  4. Complete the Home Study
  5. Certification
  6. Background Check


Orientation is held once a month. It is a one and a half hour program overview. Orientation covers the philosophy of the program, the specifics of becoming a foster parent, and is an opportunity to ask questions of staff and foster parents. Sign up for a meeting.

Foster and Kinship Provider Training

Foster and Kinship Provider Training is 27 hours including 20 hours of face to face National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) training and a minimum of 7 hours on-line training. The training covers child development and the effects of grief and trauma on development, addiction and recovery, positive parenting, and the legal responsibilities of foster parents. The 20 hours of NCTSN Training is offered either over two consecutive weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays) or over a five week period on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Weekend and weekday training are offered as often as needed during the year.

Please check with Tim Walsh for dates and location information for NCTSN Training or view Upcoming Events below.

Submit Your Application

Submitting your state of Colorado Application (954 kb) to Care for Children, and supplementary Larimer County forms, is an important part of the process. When we receive your completed application, we can assign a foster care worker to begin the Home Study.

The Home Study

The Home Study involves a series of interviews, questionnaires, and a home safety inspection as part of the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study process.

Additionally, as part of the Home Study, every family must complete full background checks (even if you have recently done them through work or another agency).

CPR/First Aid certification is required, as well. However, for this, you may use a pre-existing certification, obtain your own, or use the service we provide.

The home study is a collaborative process, not a simple evaluation. It provides the basis of your partnership with the agency. The process, from Orientation to Certification, takes most families about four months.


Upon completion of the Home Study, you will have an opportunity to read your home study before it goes to the Foster/Kin Care Supervisor to make the decision to certify or deny a family, or recommend further work be done in the Home Study. By far, most families whose studies go to committee are certified.

Once certified, you stay in communication with your foster care worker as your availability to accept the placement of a child changes with the contours of your life. It may be hours, or months, before you receive your first call. Much of this depends on the breadth of children and families you are willing to serve, but it also depends on the unpredictable nature of child welfare. While the demand for foster families is always present, the particular needs can change month to month.

The first step in getting involved, is to attend Orientation. Use the form below to register. Orientations are held monthly, in Fort Collins, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. They are co-facilitated by staff and foster parents to provide a rich, clear sense of the program, and provide an opportunity for you to get answers to your questions. Upon submitting your registration, you should receive confirmation within two working days. Be sure to check your junkmail box, and if you still haven't seen a response, contact Tim Walsh.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Larimer County Foster Care Orientation, 2555 Midpoint Dr., Ste E, Fort Collins

Register for any of these events

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