Step 2 Attend an orientation meeting with our Agency staff
Step 3 Complete the ready to begin packet provided at the Orientation Meeting and return the packet to the Agency
Step 4 You will receive an invitation to participate in the next scheduled Pre-Service training. The training is generally eight weeks in length, and is mandatory for all potential caretakers, both husband and wife (if applicable). Once at Training you will be give an application to be filled out and returned.
Step 5 A family development specialist will meet with you and all household members.
Step 6 The local Health and Fire Departments will inspect your home to ensure that your home complies with Anne Arundel County health and safety/requirements.
Step 7 Each adult household member (18 years and older) must complete fingerprints for Maryland and FBI Criminal clearances.
Step 8 The Family Development Specialist will discuss additional topics addressed in training. She/he also will meet with references provided by you.
Step 9 At the conclusion of the training and the home visits, you, your family, and the Family Development Specialist will make the decision as to whether you are prepared to meet the challenges of foster and/or adoptive parenting.
In our best estimate, this process will take between four to six months. Remember, however, that you can help to expedite the process by completing all the forms as soon as possible, The sooner we receive your completed forms, the sooner we will be able to schedule you for a home visit and training.