Become a Resource Family to Foster a Child

Resource Family Approval (RFA) Process

In our county, foster families are now referred to as resource families. All caregivers (Foster Care and Kinship Care) must complete a Resource Family Approval application and associated training.

1. Complete a Yolo County application

Create an account and fill out the Yolo County Resource Family application to begin your approval process.

2. Attend an orientation

Find an orientation to attend on our class schedule. The orientation is an informal meeting for you to learn about the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process, ask any important questions and decide whether you are ready to become a resource family.

3. Complete a background check

After submitting your application, you will receive a call to come in for fingerprints, called a Live Scan.

4. Attend Pre-Approval & CPR/First Aid Training Classes

Prospective Resource Families are required to attend 18 hours of pre-approval classes.  The RFA training program will provide you with valuable information about the foster care system, the needs of children, and what means to be a Resource Family. Complete CPR training

See our Pre-Approval Class schedule.

5. Complete the Home Environment Assessment

An RFA Social Worker will schedule a time to meet with you and your family in your home to assess your home’s safety.  They will make sure your home passes a basic health and safety inspection and provides a suitable environment for a child in the foster care system.

6. Complete the Family Evaluation

An RFA Social Worker will schedule an appointment with you and your family to discuss your family’s personal history, interests and lifestyle, childcare experiences, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children’s needs. Also, you and the RFA Social Worker will make a decision about the number of children, ages, and child behaviors you feel you are prepared to accept into your family and home.