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How to become a Resource Family if you live in San Diego

1. Attend a Resource Family Approval (RFA) Orientation meeting

2. Complete and Submit RFA Application forms and supporting documents

3. Complete Background Assessment and Home Environment Assessment

4. Complete 12 Hours of Trauma Informed Pre-Service (TIPS)

5. Complete the Family Evaluation, which includes interviews with all adults and children/youth living in the home.

6. Receive Approval and Written Report

You may be asked to complete and/or provide documentation of the following:

  • Identification for each applicant (usually a driver license or passport)
  • A minimum of two references
  • Employment/income verification
  • Verification of rental agreement or home ownership
  • Health Screening for all applicants
  • Certificate of 12 hours or Trauma Informed Pre-Service Training
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • Fingerprint verification and Resource Family criminal Record Statement (RFA 01B) must be completed for every adult residing in the home and adults regularly present
  • Home Environment Assessment
  • Adoption specialty classes (If applicable)


What is a Resource Family?

“Resource Family” means an individual or family that a County determines to have successfully met the application and assessment criteria necessary for providing care for a child or nonminor dependent who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department.

Who can qualify to be a Resource Family?

Any adult shall be permitted to apply for Resource Family Approval regardless of age, sex, race, religion, color, political affiliation, national origin, disability, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, actual or perceived sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, citizenship, primary language, immigration status, or ancestry.

What are the basic requirements to become a Resource Family?

  • Willingness to partner with the Agency and the child/youth’s family
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Background evaluation for all adults in the home and regularly present
  • Completion of pre-services training
  • Ability to meet State and Agency requirements
  • Proof of income
  • Home Environment Assessment
  • Interviews with family members
  • Submit an application
  • Completion of other tasks as need

Will I have to do training to be approved?


How many children/youth can be placed in my home?

For the first year of your approval, typically you will be approved for a maximum of two dependent children/youth. Additional limitations may apply depending on the size of your home or if you are providing care for a child/youth with special needs. This is assessed on a case by case basis.

Is there a checklist of safety requirements for my home?

Yes. The State Home Environment checklist can assist you in preparing for you home assessment. You can view the State requirement form here.

What is the cost of becoming an approved Family?

The process is free; however, there may be costs on a case-by-case basis.