Resource Family Approval

Resource Family Approval

All children need safe and stable homes to thrive. Whenever possible, Child Welfare Services (CWS) provides assistance to families to help keep the children safely at home. However, when a child must be removed from his or her parents' or caregivers’ home due to neglect, abuse, or abandonment, CWS arranges for a temporary home. CWS strives to place all children who must be removed from their caregivers into the least restrictive, most family-like home available.

If you are interested in becoming a resource family with Tulare County, the first step is to attend one of our orientations, which are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Professional Development Center located at 4031 W. Noble Ave. Visalia, CA 93291 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (see flier provided below).

During orientation, an RFA Social Worker will discuss the rules and regulations as well as the approval process which includes: background checks, home assessments, interviews with the family, and training. At the time of orientation, you will be provided with an application packet. Attending orientation is a requirement to begin the Resource Family Approval process.

If you are already an approved resource family through Tulare County you will continue to have an RFA Social Worker assist you and answer any questions. You will also have the support of the Ombudsman and the Resource Parent Partner to help guide you through the Child Welfare System.

Related Documents & Links

Health Encounter Form
Health Encounter Form

Healthcare providers shall complete this form and submit it to the Healthcare Program for Children in Foster Care.

Personal Rights Children's Residential Facilities
Personal Rights Children's Residential Facilities

The California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6 requires that each child and nonminor dependent placed in a licensed children’s residential facility or home must be advised of his/her personal rights and given a copy of these rights. This document outlines these rights.

Resource Family Approval - Informative Brochure
Resource Family Approval - Informative Brochure

This trifold brochure provides information about the Resource Family Approval process.

Unusual Incident Injury Report
Unusual Incident Injury Report

Utilize this form when a child experiences an unusual health incident or injury this form shall be completed and submitted to the child's social worker.