First Steps to Becoming Licensed with A Circle Together
The requirements for foster care licensure/ adoption certification:
•Must be at least 21 years of age and obtain a DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card.
•We accept single providers, renters or homeowners, same-sex couples, and families of all backgrounds. We are willing to work with anyone who can provide a safe, and loving home for children in need.
•We do not have breed restrictions on pets, as long as they are friendly and rabies vaccinated.
*We have a significant need for foster-to-adopt families for newborn children to teenagers. For straight adoption only, we have a need for children age 7 and older, who likely have behavioral health and special needs. It is very rare for straight adoption for infants from the foster care system. For straight adoptions we require you still foster the child for 6 months before you adopt to ensure it is a good match. We do not do private adoptions or out-of-state adoptions.
There are no fee’s for foster care licensing with A Circle Together (minus CPR/First Aid $13 if you do not have already). The State pays foster care subsidy at $20-28/day (tax free), pays all insurance (medical, dental and behavioral health), and pays child care at $125/week. Reasonable Prudent Parenting Standards allow you to raise the children as if they were your own, travel with them, and allow friends and family to provide natural supports for supervision.
Step One: Complete the attached initial license application (attached) or found at:www.acircletogether.com/first-steps and return to us. If you email it back, please enter “secure” in subject line to encrypt your email is it contains personal identifiable information.
Step Two: Compete fingerprints for everyone in home age 17 and older:
Please email us at: Foster@acircletogether.com for the instruction sheet on how to schedule electronic fingerprint appointment for a DPS Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. If you already have a fingerprint card you do not need to complete this step, we just need a copy of it.
Step Three: Turn in your application (make sure to click “save as” and then attach the application) and a picture of your fingerprint card(s) to Foster@acircletogether.com. We will then schedule an initial home visit to meet you, go over licensing paperwork, and answer all questions. The training is blended, half-online, and half in-person (presently all online due to COVID-19). We have training classes starting almost every week, listed below
Optional Orientation Video Series presented by AZDCS (1/5)
This orientation video explains the need for foster parents in Arizona, the steps on becoming licensed in Arizona, tips for choosing a foster care agency, and it explains some of the realities of foster care. More information can always be found at www.azdcs.gov. It is not mandatory to watch this video. Please feel free to just pick up the phone and give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain foster care licensing and answer any and all questions you may have.
Initial Foster Care Licensing Documents
Documents to Transfer Licensing Agencies
Life Safety Inspection Documents
Licensing Rules and Other Important Documents