Becoming Certified

Stepping into foster care is a significant decision, and it can be intimidating. We’re here to walk with you through this journey.

You are not alone.

Review the steps below to walk through the process of becoming a foster parent.


Helpful Links:

More info about these steps from Oregon Dept of Human Services Website

Step 1: Find out More

  1. Orientations Training link
  2. Fill out the connect form and Every Child will send you relevant information tailored to you
  3. Email Polk County DHS Child Welfare Contact:

Step 2: Make the Decision

  1. Reasons you might make a good foster parent
  2. Recommended Reading: No Sugar-Coating: The Coffee Talk you Need About Foster Parenting

Step 3: Attend Training

  1. About the Certification training called Foundations
  2. Sign up for local training
  3. Sign up for virtual statewide training (more openings and flexibility)

Step 4: Application

  1. Submit your application:



Every Child can help you get started with step one by filling out the Connect Form and we will connect you to the right person.