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What is Foster Care and How Can I Become Licensed?
Foster care is designed to be a temporary living situation for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the death of their caregivers. A safe return home is the primary goal.
Foster families take children into their homes and hearts, creating a safe and secure place to grow until reunification. For some children, an alternative permanent home must be found.
To be considered for a foster care license, an applicant must:
Any adult living in a potential foster home must:
Youth ages 16 to 18 in the household must complete a Washington State Patrol check.
Washington State laws about foster home licensing are covered by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). You can review the foster parenting WACs online:
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