How to Become a Provider

Complete provider requirements are outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 360. Minimum requirements to become a licensed provider:

  • Have one year of full-time experience working with people with developmental disabilities
  • Live in a home in Washington County that meets the structural and safety requirements of the AFH-DD program
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Successfully complete the Basic Training Course, passing the test within two attempts
  • Have the financial resources required to open and operate the AFH-DD
  • Be literate in the English language and able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate in English orally and in writing
  • Be of good character
  • Not be related to the foster care resident(s) by birth, marriage or adoption
  • Be mentally and physically capable of providing care
  • Have current first aid/CPR certification
  • Not have been found responsible for founded or substantiated abuse in the past 
  • Attend a Washington County DD new provider orientation meeting (within one year prior to application date). Orientation meetings are held quarterly from 1-4 p.m. in the Washington County Public Services Building auditorium. The next orientation takes place November 6. Dates for 2015 are February 5, May 7, August 6 and November 5.

Foster Home Facility Requirements
Complete facility requirements are outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 360, and are also reviewed during foster provider orientation meetings. Individuals considering applying to become foster providers may find this document helpful in assessing their home’s readiness for licensing.