How Can I Become A Foster Parent?

Foster Care Services in CaliforniaAnyone who is interested can apply to become a foster parent. Basic criteria include a clean background check, a home deemed safe and adequately spacious, a loving heart and a checklist of other safety and health items. Beta Foster Care recruits, trains and certifies families for foster care placement. Beta provides training to prospective foster parents in small groups no larger than six.

The agency also requires foster parents to attend 12 hours of continuing education annually in order to meet the challenges of providing foster care to abused and neglected children. Beta also provides support services for all our foster parents.

What certifications are needed to become a foster parent?

You must have:

  • First-aid training
  • CPR training
  • A physical examination
  • A TB test
  • Complete the BFC foster parent training.

All adults must be fingerprinted for DOJ criminal and child abuse index clearances. The foster homes must meet our standards regarding cleanliness, adequate living space (no more than 2 children per bedroom), and child safety.

To become a foster parent, you must have a willingness to help out in a child's life. This may be short-term (up to 1 year) or even lead to adoption.Apply to become a foster parent!

If you're interested in foster care, we would enjoy meeting with you to answer further questions. Please contact us to find out about the next BFC small group foster parent orientation.

Call us at any one of our following numbers: Orange County (949) 600-7722 and in L.A. County (562) 690-8220. You may also e-mail us at

If you want to provide a safe harbor for a child, please don't hesitate and contact us today. You have the power to make the difference in the life of a child by opening your home today.