Certified foster care babysitters are in short supply. The certification process can be confusing, time-consuming, and expensive, which presents an obstacle to supporting foster families.

We want to make babysitter certification as painless as possible. Our Babysitting Collaborative is a stream-lined, multi-agency certification course for foster care babysitters.

 
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Our next Babysitter Certification Class will be hosted by Houston’s First Baptist Church (Sienna Campus, Missouri City, TX) on June 1, from 9am–3pm. Before you register, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.  


Registration opens April 15th!

 
 
 

Partnering Agencies

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What can I expect on training day?

Upon check-in, we will verify that your documents have been completed and sent to the indicated agencies. There will be a Trauma-Informed Care training (1 hour), medication and transportation training (1 hour), and a CPR/First Aid certification (2 hours). Lunch will be provided. 

 
 

 
 

What is the cost to be certified?

Registration is $10. Fingerprinting is $38 for each person who gets fingerprinted. Fostering Family works 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 complete your application, your Documentation Guide (DG) will let you know if there are additional requirements. 

 
 

 
 

Who will need to be background checked?

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

 
 

What documentation is required?

Registrants will be sent an online application that includes consent to a background check, Confidentiality Statement, Discipline Policy, Environmental Checklist, and consent for Fostering Family to forward your information to the agencies you indicate. You will also upload a copy of your driver’s license or other form of ID. Upon completing the class, your CPR certification card and training certificates will also be sent to your indicated agencies.  


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 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 Fostering Family to send my information to agencies?  

We take great care to make sure information is kept safe and secure through our online documentation process. However, you may indicate on the consent form that you would like to send your information directly to the agency contact. We will send you PDF forms of the documentation to be sent to the agency directly. All documentation must be sent to the agency prior to attending the class.  


Will childcare be provided? 

It depends. The host church may or may not offer to provide childcare for participants. If so, we will provide a link to register for childcare. There may be an additional cost for childcare.


What is the process for fingerprinting?

Once your application has been completed and sent to your indicated agencies, 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.  


What if I fail to complete the documentation before the day of the class? 

Please do your best to complete the documentation prior to attending the class. It’s a huge help to our small staff. If you fail to do so, you will need to complete the documentation during the class, which will delay your certification process. If you’re having trouble with the documentation, please let us know. We’d be happy to help!


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 let us know! 


Can I get certified through more than one agency?

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 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 your CPR/First Aid certification is less than 12 months old, you will not need to renew it. You can upload a copy of your certification with your application. You will not need to attend the CPR/First Aid portion of the training.  


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.