DCYF will be transitioning to an online caregiver application system. 
To ensure a smooth rollout, DCYF is pausing new foster parent applications from Nov. 1, 2022 - Mar. 1, 2023.
This does not apply to kinship applications, license renewals, and those getting licensed through a child placing agency. 

Becoming a Foster Parent

Ready to get in touch and learn more about fostering and kinship care?

If you live in or are planning to move to Washington State and you’re ready to get in touch to learn more about becoming a foster parent or kinship caregiver, fill out and submit this form.  

You will receive an email from DCYF’s retention and support partners at the Alliance CaRES.  They will provide you with more information on the licensing process and are available for support throughout your journey to become a foster parent or kinship caregiver. If you have not heard from CaRES within 48 hours, please check your spam folder and add alliancecares@uw.edu to your list of approved contacts.

Thank you for your interest in supporting families through foster care!