Prospective Parents

Getting Started

In order to serve as a foster parent with A Coming of Age FFA, prospective foster parents must undergo an initial training program. During this period of time, prospective foster parents are educated and instructed in a variety of topics and areas of interest. The training program is hosted by the Administrator of the agency so that prospective foster parents get a detailed understanding of their duties and responsibilities of serving as foster parents of A Coming of Age FFA. Becoming a certified foster parent with A Coming of Age FFA is a five step process which involves prospective foster parent undertaking a series of training classes and paperwork activities. The five steps are listed below and prospective foster parents must complete these steps in the identified order to become certified foster parents with A Coming of Age FFA. The five steps are as follows:

  • Orientation & Training Classes
  • Completion of Application Materials
  • Home Inspection
  • Home Study (interview with a social worker of A Coming of Age FFA) Certification as a foster parent if the agency social worker of ACOA supports the prospective applicants desire to serve as a foster parent with our agency.
  • County Background Check Approval

A Coming of Age FFA currently serves the following communities in Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

Riverside County
Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, Hemet, San Jacinto, Temecula, Murrieta, Corona, Rubidoux, Banning, Beaumont, Glen Avon, Mira Loma, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, and Menifee.

San Bernardino County
San Bernardino, Rialto, Victorville, Fontana, Redlands, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Hesperia, Bloomington, and Yucaipa.

After being accepted as a foster parent with this agency, foster parents must continue to receive additional training each year in order to keep their certification active. As such, foster parent are required to attend monthly Foster Parent Association meetings or other approved training classes in order to obtain the required training hours per year after they are certified.

The initial training component consists of eleven training classes and subsequent meetings for the home inspection and home study interview. It is expected that the initial training program will entail at least thirty-two- (32) hours of training however this time may be more depending on the number of visits are needed for the home inspection and home study interviews. Prospective applicants are informed that the total commitment it will take to potentially get certified as a foster parent will be between six (6) to twelve (12) months. Examples of topics discussed in the initial training classes include:

  • Mental Health Identification and Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Adjudication Process Including Understanding Adoption and Legal Guardianship
  • Personal Rights of Children
  • Family Separation
  • Meeting Developmental Needs
  • Understanding Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Appropriate Discipline
  • Understanding and Applying the California Core Practice Model
  • Preparing Youth for Independent Readiness

Throughout the foster parent pre-certification training, prospective foster parents are informed of the need to work together to with CPS, A Coming of Age FFA, Mental Health providers, to improve outcomes for child welfare youth and families.