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Steps to Becoming a Respite Care Provider
In order to ensure that we’re matching the right children with the right families, there are six important steps to becoming a respite care provider.
- Attend an information meeting
- Submit a pre-service application
- Successfully complete pre-service training
- Participate in a home-study
Requirements to Become a Respite Care Provider
In order to become certified as a respite care provider, you must meet state licensing requirements. These include:
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and be a Maryland resident
- Applicants can be single or married
- Applicants must have a car
- Applicants must be financially stable
- Applicants must have a landline telephone
- Applicants must have adequate space for the foster child without disrupting the usual sleeping and living arrangements of the family. A child may share a room with another child of similar age and sex
- Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED
- Applicants and any adults residing in the home 18 years or older must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check
- Applicants and all household members must have an initial medical examination including TB clearance
- Day care and/or domiciliary care cannot be provided in the applicant’s home
- Applicants may not smoke in the home
You must also sign agreements relating to the use of firearms, child abuse and neglect, discipline, and providing respite and/or foster care.