I want to get licensed for foster care, what’s my next step?



Attend an Orientation Class.

For an overview of the foster care licensing process and to help determine if this is the right decision for your family, we recommend attending an Orientation Class taught by the Licensing Division. In this class, you learn about the licensing process and also receive the application packet.

Contact your local Fostering Together Liaison.

Though not a requirement to licensing, we encourage you to connect with your local Fostering Together liaison. As experienced licensed foster parents, our liaisons can help you navigate the foster care licensing process and answer the many questions you face as prospective foster parents.


Choose an agency to work with

In addition to working directly with Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the Licensing Division for foster care licensing, you may also select from a myriad of private licensing agencies who contract with Washington State to provide child placement services.

Private agencies often specialize in certain types of children, provide case managers, and offer other services for foster children and parents. Your Fostering Together liaison can help you select the most appropriate state or private agency to meet the specific needs of your family.