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How to become a resource parent

November 27, 2001

How to become a resource parent



"Family foster care offers a temporary home for a child whose parents are having a crisis. ... The goal of family foster care is to provide a safe, nurturing place for children to live until they can be reunited with their own families, placed with relatives, or adopted."

To become a foster parent in Washington County you must:

  • Be a Washington County resident
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be in good health
  • Be able to meet your family's financial obligations
  • Be able to pass a home health and fire inspection
  • Agree not to use physical punishment
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Complete training requirements


- Washington County Department of Social Services brochure

For information, call 240-420-2143.

Resource families are licensed to be foster parents and for adoption, says Ann Pittman, Washington County Department of Social Services foster care supervisor. The streamlined dual approval process has been in effect for a couple of years in Washington County, she says.

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Why did the Imeses adopt two children and hope to adopt more?

"They need a family ... Everybody in this house is brother and sister," Shirlee Imes says.

Post-adoption services are available to families in Washington County. They include a monthly support group, facilitated by Roxann Bolst, adoptions case worker.

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