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Adult Foster Care Provider Application

Provides information about orientation and application requirements for foster providers for people with developmental disabilities in Washington County.


From September 26 through October 7, the Service Center East lobby for Developmental Disabilities will be closed to walk-ins. If you need help during that time and don't have a scheduled meeting, you can stop by our office at 5240 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite 150, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or call 503-846-3150 for assistance.

New Foster Provider Orientation

Adult foster provider applicants must go to a Washington County DD adult foster care orientation. Applicants must attend within the year before being licensed.

Orientations are held in the auditorium at the Public Services Building, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro. This location is accessible by public transportation and is one block from the Hatfield Government Center MAX stop.

2022 orientation sessions

October 24, 1-4 p.m.

2023 orientation sessions

January 23, 1-4 p.m.
April 17, 1-4 p.m.
July 17, 1-4 p.m.
October 16, 1-4 p.m.

No registration is required. Participants must attend the entire orientation meeting to receive attendance certificates. Individuals arriving late will not receive attendance certificates.

DD Adult Foster Provider Application Process

The application process is reviewed during foster provider orientation meetings.

Please note that the application is not complete until all required information is submitted with the required non-refundable fee. Incomplete applications are void after 60 days of the date the application form is received. Failure to provide accurate information may result in the denial of the application. 

Incomplete applications are void after 60 days of the date the application form is received. Failure to provide accurate information may result in the denial of the application.

Initial Application Forms

Most application forms are currently available on the DHS Forms website. Use the numbers provided below to find the forms:

  • License Application, SDS 0654
  • Application Instruction Sheet, SDS 0654i
  • Foster Home Medicaid Provider Enrollment Agreement, SDS 0738
  • Plan of Daily Operation, SDS 0656
  • Consent for Release of Information, SDS 4533A
  • AFH Financial Information, SDS 0448A

The following forms are also required, but they are not currently available on the DHS Forms website. You can download them here.


After the application is received by our office, a licensor will be assigned to the applicant's home. After all required application materials are received, the licensor will schedule a time to license the home.

Licensors are not able to visit prospective foster home locations before licensing. Providers may call or e-mail licensors to ask questions or raise concerns before sending in the application materials. Licensors are not able to advise applicants about 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.

The length of time to get licensed varies for each applicant. It depends on many factors such as:

  • When the applicant can attend an initial orientation meeting
  • Completeness of the application materials
  • If physical modifications need to be completed in the home
  • Responsiveness of the applicant’s references
  • Other delays

The referral process is discussed in detail at orientation meetings. 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. 

DD adult foster home licenses are issued for one year. About three months before the end date, the provider will receive a license renewal packet from the state DD Licensing Unit. Submit the completed licensing renewal packet to the Washington County licensor at least 60 days before the license end date. A licensing visit will then be scheduled, about 30 days before the license end date.