Applications

The application packet is the beginning of the approval process. During our approval process, we learn about the prospective Resource Family by collecting forms, conducting interviews and making visits to the home. The prospective Resource Family learns about fostering and the agency through these interviews and visits, and by completing our pre-service training. We call this a “Mutual Assessment” – at the end of the approval process, if a family is still interested in fostering and has earned our recommendation, a Certificate of Approval is granted.

Application Packet Guidebook and Process Checklist:

The Application Packet information about fostering  and the forms needed to begin the approval process. To request and application packet, you will need to contact Heather Hudnall via email to heather.hudnall@dss.virginia.gov,   with your request and a mailing address. 

Included in the Packet Guidebook:

This section includes: Welcome Letter, Common Questions about Family Foster Care and Adoption, Steps to Becoming a Resource Parent, Resource Home Approval Checklist,

Initial Forms for Approval Included in the Packet: Mutual Family Assessment Questionnaire, DMV Information Request Form, Sworn Statement or Affirmation for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Sheriff’s Department Release for Background Check Form, Emergency Evacuation Plan, Provider Approval Budget Sheet, Credit Report Release and Information Form, Uniform Authorization to Use and Exchange Information Form, Physical Examination Report Form, TB Explanation Letter, TB Health Department Authorization Form, Request for Tuberculosis Statement, Statement of Periodic Monitoring, Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form.