Application Steps

Step 1: Attend a foster parent orientation

Foster parent orientations are offered every other month by Community Care Licensing and our agency. If you are interested in attending our upcoming orientation, please call 499-3410. Attending an orientation is your opportunity to learn more about Humboldt County’s foster care program and how you can be a part of our team. You are not obligated to become a foster parent when you attend the orientation.

Step 2: PRIDE training

The PRIDE curriculum was designed specifically for foster and adoptive parents to increase knowledge and skills in 5 essential competency categories:
  • Protecting and nurturing children
  • Meeting children’s developmental needs, and addressing developmental delays
  • Supporting relationships between children and their families
  • Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
  • Working as a member of a professional team.

Through the PRIDE training sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice the knowledge and skills you will need as a new foster parent. Your readiness to foster will be assessed in the context of your ability and willingness to meet the essential competencies.

Other certifications & classes

In addition to completing the PRIDE curriculum, foster parents must also be First Aid and CPR certified.

All foster parent classes and trainings are held free of charge and in collaboration with College of the Redwoods Foster and Kinship Care Education Program.