The Mullen-Polk Foundation
Child Placing Agency

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Foster Care Licensing and Visitation Process


Foster care is designed to be a temporary living situation for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the death of their caregivers. A safe return home is the primary goal.  Foster families take children into their homes and hearts, creating a safe and secure place to grow until reunification. For some children, an alternative permanent home must be found.


To be considered for a foster care license, an applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have sufficient income to support themselves without relying on foster care payments.
  • Discipline children in a positive manner without the use of physical punishment.
  • Provide supervision appropriate to the age or specific behavior of the child as outlined by the social worker.
  • Complete training:
    • First Aid/CPR
    • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • Licensing Orientation
    • Pre-service Training


Any adult living in a potential foster home must:

  • Complete a background clearance check with the FBI and Washington State Patrol.
  • Submit tuberculosis tests dated within the last year.


Youth ages 16 to 18 in the household must complete a Washington State Patrol check.


Training Requirements:
  • Orientation - You must complete an orientation session in person or online.
  • Pre-service Training - You are required to take 24 hours of Pre-service Training and a First Aid/CPR and Blood Borne Pathogens course. Training courses are offered regularly in all regions of Washington State.
  • Ongoing Training - All licensed family foster homes (including those licensed by private agencies and the Office of Foster Care Licensing) are required to complete ongoing training




Supervised Visitation Process:



Supervised visitation allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. ... Supervised visitation is used to protect children from potentially dangerous situations while allowing parental access and providing support for the parent child relationship.


Prior to any supervised visitation starting, a signed contract must be on file and any court orders that describe the scope of visitation need to be provided. 


There is a one-time $35 charge for setting up visitation service that includes review and signature of contracts, arrangement for visitation and review of any court orders.


Hours / Rates:

We are available 365 days per year including all major holidays and weekends.


Monday-Friday at $40 / hour / minimum of 2 hours and includes visitation report within 72 hours
Saturday-Sunday at $50 / hour minimum of 2 hours and includes visitation report within 72 hours
All Major Holidays at $60 / hour minimum of 2 hours and includes visitation report within 72 hours

Payment must be received 72 hours in advance of visitor.



Please contact us for additional information or to set-up your supervision needs.

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