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General Requirements to be an Adult Foster Care Host Home Provider

  • Possess a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate, or a successfully complete a written competency-based assessment demonstrating the ability to provide a Host Home and submit three written personal references which evidence the applicant’s ability to provide a safe and healthy environment for the individual from at least three persons who are not relatives of the service provider.

  • Be a competent adult with demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making. Be integral ensuring that conduct shall be above reproach, especially in regards to the role as a host provider.

  • Be willing to be a team member with the agency in establishing and carrying out agency goals for the person.

  • Possess the skills necessary to live amicably as a family group. Accept and respect each person as an individual.

  • Be kind and friendly.

  • Have knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities.

  • Participate in and effectively apply training as required.

  • Be prepared to serve as an appropriate role model.

  • Complete and provide documentation on required forms.

  • Drivers shall have a valid Driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background screening, misconduct registry check and nurse aide registry check. No one living in the home may have a record of any misdemeanors involving any sexual offenses, pornography, prostitution, domestic violence, child abuse, or cruelty to animals. Criminal History, Nurse Aide Registry and Employee Misconduct Registry Checks may be required for every person over the age of 18 who will reside in the home. Consult with our representative to learn about background checks and related requirements in your state.

  • The Host Home provider must notify the Program Administrator in writing of any visitor over the age of 18 who will remain in the home more than 30 days. Those who join the household after the initial application period and who stay more than thirty days will be subject to the requirements as those included in the initial application process.

  • Must be able to meet standards established by Licensing. Verification of stable income, sufficient to meet the needs of the family. The potential income from A Safe Haven services may be included in the income calculation.  

  • Host Home providers shall keep confidential information shared by the agency and shall sign a statement of confidentiality.

  • Host Home providers shall provide routine transportation.

  • The house must not pose a risk to one's health or safety, and it must contain at least one approved fire extinguisher and a working smoke detector on each floor. There must be appropriate living space per person, including host house residents and their families. A telephone that is always usable shall be provided for the residence. Sufficient first aid equipment must be kept in the house. Medicines need to be kept in secure areas. Providers are required to have an emergency and disaster plan in writing. The house must be built and kept in a secure and healthy manner. State-by-state requirements could vary.

  • Cats and dogs should have up-to-date vaccines and records of those immunizations. Pet places need to be maintained hygienic and clean.

  • The agency will need pictures and details about your home and yourself so that we can share them with those looking for host families. Also be accessible so we may show prospective clients around your home in preparation of a decision.

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