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Becoming a Service Provider

Information on how to become a service provider for people with Developmental Disabilitie

There are several ways to get involved as care provider for children and adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Foster Care Providers

There are both adult and child foster care homes in Clackamas County that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

While the actual license and certification is issued by the state office of Seniors and People with Disabilities, Clackamas County is involved in the licensing and certification of the homes as well as orientation, training and monitoring. 

Child foster care certification

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an certified child foster care provider, please call or send an e-mail to Nancy Robertson at 503-723-4880 or nrobertson@clackamas.us to complete the application process.  

Adult foster care basic training program

If you are planning on applying to become a licensed Adult DD Foster Care provider, you must study the Basic Training Course manual and DVD.  Please download it here.

Once the manual and DVDs have been thoroughly studied you may come to the Social Services office at 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 to take the test.  Applicants must complete the Basic Training Course and pass the provider test, meet experience and training requirements, and participate in a scheduled local orientation prior to being licensed as a foster care provider.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a licensed adult foster care provider, please call or send an e-mail to Nancy Robertson at 503-723-4880 or nrobertson@clackamas.us

Criminal background check

You will also need to pass a criminal background check 

Bring a picture ID such as a Driver’s License, Government Issued ID Card, or Passport.  You will need to tell us the name and address of the Foster Home.  

Foster care rule

You will also want to review the Oregon Administrative Rules for Foster Care:

Available foster care test and background check times

  • Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm or
  • Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm
  • No appointment necessary

Bring a picture ID such as a Driver’s License, Government Issued ID Card, or Passport; and the following information:

  • Tell us if you will be working in a Private Family Home or a Foster or Adoptive Home and provide name and address of the person you will be working with or the Foster Home where you will be working
  • Tell us if driving will be a part of your job

General Information about Criminal Background Tests

Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are considered to be an at risk population. The State of Oregon requires criminal background checks to insure their safety and well-being

All persons who provide either paid or volunteer services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities must pass a criminal history background check before you can start work and get paid.

Personal support workers

Personal Support Workers provide support and skills training to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their own home or their family home.  

Criminal background check

You will also need to pass a criminal background check (see days and times listed in box above).

Bring a picture ID such as a Driver’s License, Government Issued ID Card, or Passport.  You will need to tell us the name and address of the person for whom you will be providing support or skills training (adult or child with intellectual or developmental disability).  

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