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How to Become a Developmental Disabilities Foster Provider

Provides information about becoming a foster provider for people with developmental disabilities in Washington County.

Notice

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 are required to attend a Washington County DD adult foster care orientation within the year prior to being licensed. Orientations are held in the auditorium at the Public Services Building, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro. This location is easily accessible by public transportation and is one block from the Hatfield Government Center MAX stop.

Washington County follows mask guidelines set by the Oregon Health Authority. Masks will be required at orientation as long as the indoor mask mandate is in place.
2022 orientation sessions:

  • January 10, 1-4 p.m.
  • April 11, 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. This checklist may be of use to applicants.

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.

Mandatory abuse reporting

Foster providers and their staff are mandatory reporters. Foster providers and their staff must report the abuse or neglect of individuals with developmental disabilities as defined in OAR 407-045-0260.

Providers must keep proof of mandatory abuse report training. This training is required for the provider, resident manager, and substitute caregivers:

  • Before licensure
  • Upon hire
  • Every year

To report suspected abuse, visit the Protective Services page for contact information.
For more information on mandatory abuse reporting, please see the state’s website reporting abuse and neglect