Mono County

Requirements for Foster Parents

It all starts with the willingness to open your heart and home to a child who needs you.

There are, however, some very basic requirements that need to be met by all families interested in foster care, concurrent care giving or adoption.  This list is brief and encompasses the most common conditions that must be met in order for a license to be issued.

  • Your residence must be located in Mono County and must meet basic health and safety standards established by the State of California.
  • The home must have sufficient bedrooms so that adults and children have separate bedrooms.  Children may share a bedroom depending on their sex and age.
  • Rooms commonly used for other purposes (e.g., dining room, hallway or garage) cannot be used as a bedroom by any member of the household.
  • Each applicant must have sufficient income to meet his or her own family’s financial needs.
  • A criminal record check will be conducted on each applicant and adult In the foster or adoptive home.
  • Adult caretakers must be in reasonably good health and free of communicable diseases, especially TB.  TB tests are required.
  • Each licensed home must have a working telephone.
  • The main caretaker of the children or another member of the household over the age of 18 must be certified in CPR and First Aid.  We can assist you in locating an appropriate class.