Frequently Asked Questions

When will a licensor visit the home?
A licensor will be assigned to a provider applicant’s home once an application form has been received by our office. The licensor will schedule a time to license the home once all of the required application materials have been submitted.

Licensors are not able to visit prospective foster home locations prior to licensing. Providers may contact licensors by phone or e-mail to discuss any questions or concerns prior to submitting license application materials. However, licensors are not able to advise applicants regarding selection of specific properties.

After a home is licensed, licensors will visit the foster home throughout the licensing year. Visits may be announced or unannounced.

How long does it take to get licensed?

The length of time to get licensed varies for each applicant and depends on a number of factors such as when the applicant is able to attend an initial orientation meeting, the completeness of the application materials, whether or not any physical modifications need to be completed in the home, and the responsiveness of the applicant’s references.

When will a foster provider receive referrals?
The referral process is discussed in detail at orientation meetings. Note that licensing does not guarantee that individuals will be placed in the home. If an individual is placed in a foster home, placement is not guaranteed for any length of time. 

How can I become a crisis provider?
The Region 1 Crisis Diversion Office manages a network of crisis providers in Clackamas, Columbia, Clatsop, Multnomah and Washington counties. Note that licensure is required prior to applicants being considered as Region 1 Crisis Provider Network members. However, licensure does not guarantee that a provider will be approved as a Network Member at Region 1 for crisis placement services. Contact the Region 1 Crisis Diversion Office at 503-988-3703 for further information regarding crisis provider qualifications. This document also has some information that might be helpful.

How does a license get renewed?

DD adult foster home licenses are issued for one year. Approximately three months prior to the expiration date, the provider will receive a license renewal packet from the state DD Licensing Unit. The completed licensing renewal packet should be submitted to the Washington County licensor no later than 60 days prior to the license expiration date. A licensing visit will then be scheduled, typically 30 days prior to the license expiration date.