Question: How long does it take to get licensed to foster or adopt?


Currently, stats show it is taking about 6.6 months to get licensed. The time can vary depending on the agency you are with, how long you take to do all the required paperwork, and how soon you are able to get a scheduled home inspection. Here are some things that will help the process.


  1. Take a look at the inspection list early and make a point to work on fixing things in your home that are required as you are going through training. Some of the things that cause a delay in licensing from the home inspection are pool fences (or lack of), toxins not locked up, and one of the most common issues, not having the required first aid kit. Arizona Helping Hands has stepped up in a huge way to help provide some items for families working to get licensed. (you can check them out here:


  1. Keep up with the weekly homework. When you go through the mandatory state training, you are committing to approximately 3 hours of in-class training time a week. For those who choose to do expedited training, you will be doing more training each week. With each class comes homework that is required for your home study and/or homework connected with things you need for your inspection. Getting this done in a timely manner will help you be able to get licensed sooner.


  1. Home inspection availability is out of your control and out of your agency’s control. The best thing you can do is check the checklist you are given to make sure you have done all the items required, so that when you are scheduled, you pass and do not have to be delayed by waiting for another inspection.



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