Become a Developmental Home Provider
Contact one of the contracted licensing agencies to begin the process of becoming a Developmental Home provider. The licensing agency will facilitate the application process and provide ongoing monitoring and support once the licensed is issued.
You may be eligible for licensure if you meet all of the following qualifications:
- Are at least 21 years of age
- Obtain a fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Pass the protective service registry checks
- Are lawfully present in the U.S. and reside in Arizona
- Are free of medical, physical, or mental health problems that could interfere with the provision of safe care for a child or vulnerable adult
- Are able to provide a caring, nurturing, and positive home environment
- Can provide a child or adult with a clean bed and sufficient bedroom space
- Have sufficient income to meet the needs of your family
- Are able to meet and maintain the life-safety requirements for the home or apartment
The complete qualifications for Developmental Home licensing are outlined in detail in the Arizona Administrative Code(link is external):
Required Training Before You Can Provide Developmental Home Services
Child developmental home providers complete approximately 45 hours of training prior to receiving a license. Adult developmental home providers complete approximately 20 hours of training prior to receiving a license. There is no charge to applicants for their participation in the training. Additional training is available for licensed foster parents to continue skill building and to meet annual licensing requirements.
What to Expect During the Application Process
The length of time needed to obtain a license is controlled, to a large degree, by the applicant. The entire licensing process may take three to six months, depending on your availability and level of motivation. You must obtain a fingerprint clearance card, complete training, permit an OLCR inspection of your home, and participate in interviews and assessments for the home study. Once you've completed the requirements for licensure, the licensing agency will submit your application and home study to OLCR. License applications are submitted and reviewed through the paperless application Quick Connect. Quick Connect is an electronic application system for developmental home licensing. If all the requirements have been met, OLCR will issue the license. The license will specify the name of the licensee, the home address, and the number of individuals permitted to be placed in the home. A license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. There are no fees charged to apply for licensure. However, there may be costs associated with meeting the licensing requirements.
Interested applicants should contact a licensing agency. If you are unable to locate a licensing agency, contact OLCR.
Developmental Home Licensing
P.O. Box 6123-Mail Drop 2HF1
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6123
Phone: (602) 771-4861
Fax: (602) 257-7045
Email: [email protected]