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The process of licensing a home to provide foster care is regulated by the State of Michigan.

  1. Your first step is to contact Hands Across The Water for more information. There may be many questions that you have and we can answer them for you.

  1. Next, attend a foster care orientation at this agency. The comprehensive orientation will not only review guidelines, but help illustrate what you can expect as a foster parent. Our Licensing Supervisor will be happy to answer all your questions during the orientation.

  1. After orientation, you will be provided with a licensing application packet. In general, the application steps are:

      1. Attend an orientation

      2. Complete the foster home licensing application.

      3. HATW will schedule a fingerprinting appointment for you. Complete the Licensing Record Clearance Request BCAL-1326 form and take it with you to get fingerprinted. HATW will provide you with all the documents needed.

      4. Attend PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information Development and Education) training. HATW will assist getting you scheduled for a convenient session. This training is required and offers valuable information to make sure you are ready to become a foster parent. Every licensed foster parent needs to complete 12 hours of PRIDE training. Once you are licensed, you have 18 months to complete an additional 12 hours of PRIDE training.

      5. Work with your assigned licensing worker to complete the home study.

  1. Your licensing worker will meet with you and your family several times in your home to complete the licensing process.

  1. Once you are licensed to provide foster care you will receive calls from our Licensing staff on potential children who need placement. When the first foster child is placed in your home, you will be contacted by our Foster Care Recruitment Specialist to answer any questions you may have with this first placement. She is your mentor.


There are many other pieces to the licensing and foster care process but this is a good overview. Of course you will have many questions along the way. Please ask!


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