Adult Foster Care Certification

Foster Home Care in Klamath County


Klamath County has many adult (AFH) and child foster care (CFH) homes that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

  • The goal of an AFH-IDD is to provide necessary resident care while emphasizing the adult's independence, choice, dignity, and decision making.
  • The goal of a CFH-IDD is to provide necessary care and support while emphasizing effective child-rearing practices to enable a child placed in the foster home to grow, develop, and build positive personal relationships and self-esteem.  

You can learn more about providing adult/child foster care by visiting the Oregon State Foster Care website at: https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/providers-partners/licensing/IDD-foster-homes/Pages/Index.aspx[SR2] 

Minimum Requirements of becoming a Foster Provider

You meet the minimum requirements if all the following are true:

  • You’re at least 21 years of age
  • You’re able to pass a criminal background and child protective services history check (all household members over the age of 18 must pass these checks)
  • You’re able to complete all Pre-Service training and demonstrate competency in the material presented (trainings will happen after screening)
  • You’re mentally and physically capable of providing foster care
  • You can demonstrate income sufficient to cover living expenses independent of a foster care payment
  • You can provide four (4) reference contacts, three (3) of which must be not be related to you and who have known you for at least two (2) years
  • You have a genuine desire to create a safe, loving, and supportive environment for a child
  • You have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • You reside in a home that meets structural and safety requirements (foster children may not sleep on a 3rd story floor or higher. This includes apartments or condominiums)

Training and Testing

Adult Foster Care Basic Training Program

DD adult foster care providers, resident managers and substitute caregivers must successfully complete the Adult Foster Care Basic Training Course and pass the Basic Training Examination prior to licensure and/or providing care to individuals. If you are planning on applying to become an adult DD foster care provider, substitute caregiver or resident manager, you must study the Basic Training Course manual and video links below.

Adult DD Foster Care Basic Training Course Videos- https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/LICENSING/IDD-FOSTER-HOMES/Pages/Video-Training.aspx

Adult DD Foster Care Basic Training Course Manual- https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/LICENSING/IDD-FOSTER-HOMES/Documents/AFH%20Training%20Manual.pdf

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Contact Us

For general Developmental Disabilities program information, please call us by phone  at 541-885-2435, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm or email us at KCDDSinfo@klamathcounty.org.

Our office is located at 3328 Vandenberg Road, Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

For information specific to DD foster home licensing, you may contact the staff listed below:

Foster Care Test Scheduling:

Phone: 541-885-2435

Email: KCDDSinfo@klamathcounty.org

DD Adult/Child Foster Home Licensing:

Terra Zumwalt

Phone: (541) 851-2370