Babysitter Certification Class
Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from the training?

All training can now be accessed virtually through an online portal called Binti. The trainings cover Medication, Transportation, Trauma-Informed Care, and a portion of the CPR/First Aid certification. To complete the CPR/First Aid certification, you will need to attend a CPR Skills Session. We provide the CPR skills session free of charge. 

Will additional dates/locations be available for the CPR Skills Session?

We highly encourage you to attend the next session, if possible. We plan to facilitate a session once a month for the foreseeable future. If you cannot attend, please email us at

What is the cost to be certified?

Online CPR training cost is $20/person (paid directly to the American Heart Association). Due to this cost, we have waived the typical registration fee for the class. Fees for in-person Skills Sessions have been generously covered by community partners. Fingerprinting is $38 for each person who gets fingerprinted. We work hard to find donations and sponsors to cover the CPR/First Aid to ease the financial burden for potential babysitters.

Does this class cover everything necessary for certification? 

Because each placing agency has different requirements for babysitters, we have included the basic requirements shared by all agencies. For many agencies, this class will cover everything necessary. However, for some agencies, there may be a few additional requirements that are not offered at the certification class. When you submit your application, you will be informed if there are additional steps needed.

Who will need to be background checked?

If you bring a foster child into your home to babysit, every resident 14 years or older may be background checked (this requirement differs between agencies). Any person 18 years or older who anticipates being left alone with the foster child must complete the babysitter certification process. In some cases, depending on the agency, the age requirement may be 21.

What documentation is required?

Registrants will be sent a link to the online portal, Binti, that includes consent to a background check, Confidentiality Statement, Discipline Policy, Environmental Checklist, and consent for The Riverside Project to allow your indicated agencies to access your application for approval. You will also upload your DL, social security card, and auto insurance (if you anticipate transporting a child) into the secure portal. Upon completion of your CPR skills check you will also upload a copy of your signed certificate.

Why do I have to be connected to a foster family prior to registering for the class? 

For safety, security, and efficiency reasons, we ask that each participant have a preexisting relationship with a foster family. We want to ensure that foster families are supported by babysitters they know and trust, and we want to ensure that those intending to babysit have already taken steps to connect with the family.  If you would like to become a babysitter, but you are not yet connected to a family, we ask that you reach out to a church, neighborhood community, or one of the participating agencies. You can also reach out to us and we can do our best to connect you to a family in your area.

Do I have to allow The Riverside Project to send my information to agencies?  

We take great care to make sure information is kept safe and secure. We work with Binti Foster Care Software to allow babysitters to send their information securely and efficiently. You may also indicate during the process that you would like to send your information directly to the agency contact. All documentation must be sent to the agency in order to complete your application process.

What is the process for fingerprinting?

Once your application has been submitted to your indicated agency (or agencies)s, you should receive information from the agency regarding how to complete fingerprints. If you do not receive information from the agency within 2 weeks, please contact us.

Fingerprints must be completed within 30 days of your background check. If fingerprints are not completed within this timeframe, your application will need to be resubmitted.

What if my agency is not participating?

We are constantly working with other agencies to grow our list of partners. If your preferred agency is not listed, but you would like to attend, please reach out to us at

Yes. You can become certified as a babysitter for as many agencies as you would like, so long as you are connected to at least one foster family licensed through each agency. You will not need additional fingerprints for each agency, but each agency will need to run its own background check.

Can I get certified through more than one agency?

Can my certification transfer to other agencies? 

Yes. If you would like to send your certification to additional agencies in the future, reach out to us and we can assist you in transferring your certification to additional agencies.

Is this training open to anyone, regardless of religious preference?

Yes. All are welcome. There is no requirement for participants to attend a church or to be of a particular religious preference.

Can I get paid as a babysitter?

Our hope is that participants would pursue certification as a way to provide support to foster families, not as a source of income. There is no requirement for foster families to pay for babysitters. It is up to the foster family, babysitter, and agency to determine whether compensation is appropriate.

I already have CPR/First Aid certification. Do I need to do it again? 

If you have a qualifying CPR/First Aid certification, you will not need to attend the CPR/First Aid portion of the training. You can simply upload a copy of your certification with your application.

To qualify, your CPR certification must be less than 12 months old and include Infant, Child, and Adult CPR as well as First Aid training. It must be issued by a training program approved by local EMS authority (American Heart Association, American Red Cross, etc). It may not be completed by online instruction ONLY or by self-instruction.

How do I know when I’m certified to babysit?

Once all of your documentation (including fingerprints) has been completed and you have attended the class, your agency (or agencies) should let you know that you are ready to babysit! This may take a few weeks. If you have not heard from the agency, please let us know.