Department of Human Services

Stacie Kwitek-Russell, Director

172 Justice Center Road
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 275-2318
Fax: (719) 275-5206

Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Certification Process, Expectations, and Information

For specific information on becoming a Foster Parent or Respite Care Provider for Fremont County please contact:

Fremont County Department of Human Services
Foster Care Certification
172 Justice Center Road
Canon City, Colorado 81212


Licensing Requirements For Foster Family Homes

Step 1
Family Will Complete
  1. Fill out the application in its entirety
  2. Fill out the Income Worksheet
  3. Copy of your most recent income taxes
  4. Have your fingerprints rolled at the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department (This will cost $10.00 per person). Bring fingerprint cards back to DHS with a check for $39.50/card so that we can send them to CBI and FBI. This needs to be done for everyone in the house over the age of 18.

Step 2
DHS Will Complete

  1. Colorado Court Database – Any past court involvement
  2. TRAILS Check – Past involvement with DHS for child abuse and neglect
  3. CAN Check  - Past involvement with DHS for child abuse and neglect if you have lived in other states than Colorado in the past five years
  4. Send Out Reference Letters – Please encourage your references to return letters as soon as possible.

Step 3
Family Will Complete

  1. Register for CORE Training (12 Hours) – See Enclosed Directions
  2. Schedule CPR/1st Aid (be sure that this includes child/infant)
    ** Can Call Carrie Lees with AMR at 240-4845 **
  3. General Physical Examination for all Family Members.
  4. Fill out Autobiography and S.A.F.E. Questionnaire I
  5. School Questionnaire – To be Filled Out by School Personnel for All School-Aged Children
  6. Fire Escape Plan – Emergency Plan
  7. Complete 15 hours of Pre-Certification Training.
    **These hours are in addition to the 12 hours of CORE Training, for a total of 27 hours.**
  8. Family Photo (Must Include ALL Members Who Live In The Home)
  9. Provide Copies of the following
    a.   Pet Vaccinations
    b.   Driver’s License
    c.   Auto Insurance
    d.   Water Test – Only if you are on a well
Step 4
S.A.F.E Homestudy
DHS Will Complete With Family

S.A.F.E stands for Structured Analysis and Family Evaluation

It is a comprehensive homestudy that looks at the social history, background, personal characteristics, and values of a family. It also attempts to understand problem solving and communication skills, parenting skills and family preparation, children and other people living in the home, family relationships and family support networks, and physical and social environments.

  1. The homestudy process will begin when all of the above items are completed.
  2. The interview will consist of an individual interview of all the members of the household and a couple’s interview.
  3. S.A.F.E. Questionnaire II
  4. Initial Home Inspection/Walk-Through
Step 5
Both DHS and Family Complete
  1. Review and sign the S.A.F.E. initial homestudy
  2. Review Training Development Plan
  3. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Forms to allow direct deposit payments to providers.
  4. Final Home Inspection – Home Safety Checklist
  5. Memo of Understanding – For Reimbursement Process
  6. Review and Sign the Discipline Policy
  7. Review and Sign Provider Contract
  8. Collect and Copy Foster Parent Handbook
  9. Review and Sign Confidentiality Agreement
Step 6
DHS Will Complete
  1. DHS will Complete Report of Inspection
  2. Certificate is Issued


Pre-certification and On-Going Training Requirements:

Per Volume VII 7.708.65 the certifying authority shall have a comprehensive written plan for orientation, pre-certification training, certification and on-going training of foster parents.

Pre-certification Training

As part of the pre-certification process families are given a handout and instructions for attending Foster Parent Core Training.  This meets the 12 hours of the required Foster Parent Core training.

The additional 15 hours of pre-certification training is met as follows:

2 hours Monthly Foster Parent Meeting
2 hours Video:  The Road to Adoption and Foster Care
     Paper:  During each section of the video any thoughts on how this video
     applies to you, concerns brought up, questions
1 hour Video: Foster Parenting in Rural Colorado
     Paper:  During each section of the video any thoughts on how this video
     applies to you, concerns brought up, questions
1 hour Complete Foster Care and Adoption Self-Assessment Guide
1 hour Family to Family Video
     Paper:  How can information presented can be used in your work with
      biological Families
1 hour Child Welfare System and Dependency and Neglect Materials
     Follow up questionnaire and sign form (read, agree and received a copy)
2 hours Love and Logic
     Applicant choice of read book or watch video
     Summary paper of thoughts, concerns, questions
     Sign form (read/watched and agrees to follow model)
2 hours Volume VII Rules and Regulations
     Initial, date reviewed and copy for provider and provider file
     Sign Rules and Regulations form (read, agree and received a copy)
1 hour Fremont County DHS Foster Parent Handbook (Policies and Procedures)
     Initial, date reviewed and copy for provider and provider file
     Sign Foster Parent Handbook form (read, agree and received a copy)
2 hours Review of FCDHS forms (monthly reports, journaling, discipline policy,
     Mandatory Reporting, Confidentiality, Memo of Understanding, how        reimbursement works/roster, fire drill record, corrective actions,      investigations, medical and dental requirements/forms, placement      packet and records of admission/placement agreement).

On-going Training

Per Volume VII the foster family home must have 20 hours of On-going training per year.

FCDHS will require that 10 of those hours be classroom training.

Additional 10 hours of training can be met through:

Following is the Home Safety Inspection a Certification Caseworker will complete during the certification process.  This check list is not for you to complete on your own.



Outdoor fenced or supervised play space, 75 sq ft/child-ages 1 to 5 years


Plastic bags, matches, lighters, cigarettes locked/inaccessible


Indoor play area – 35 sq ft/child


First Aid supplies available


Sleeping area-under 18 mo may be with adult; under 5-same floor as adults or monitoring system; 40 sq ft/child


Lawnmowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, and other hazardous tools & gasoline stored properly and /or locked


Adequate heating, lighting, plumbing, refrigeration


Furnace, hot water heater free of flammable materials


Mobile homes must be skirted, anchored permanently and 2 exits


Electrical outlet covers, if needed; No worn or exposed wiring


Child over 4 years of age does not share room w/ child of opposite sex


Gates on stairways for toddlers; handrails on stairs if 4 or more; deck railings




Garage safety discussed


Child must have own bed and place to store clothing


Safe storage of knives, scissors, and other sharp items discussed w/provider


Home neat/clean w/adequate trash storage; exits clear of obstacles


Firearms and ammunition stored and locked separately


Food preparation area clean


5 lb Type ABC fire extinguisher accessible


Individual towels, cups, toothbrushes, comb/brush


Smoke detectors on each floor near sleeping areas; optional carbon monoxide detectors






Liquor/alcoholic beverages – safe storage/locked


Fireplace/wood burning stove screened properly


No hazardous business on premises


Firewood stored/stacked in a safe manner


Daily routine and care of children discussed


Window well covers as needed


Written medication log


Evacuation plan written, posted and practiced




Safety procedures discussed re: swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, trampolines


Medicines, vitamins, etc. Locked or in safe storage


Well water tested yearly copy of certificate; well is covered


Car seats for children less than 4 yr. & under 40 lbs.; all others must be maintained and in safe operating condition


Escape ladders as needed


Proof of valid driver’s license and adequate car insurance all vehicles must be maintained and in safe operating condition


Swing set anchored; no protruding bolts


Basement has 2 exits


Current pet vaccinations


Safety latches on cabinets and drawers as needed (based upon age of child)