Becoming a Service Provider

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

Criminal background check

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.

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 rules

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 to complete the application process.

Adult Foster Home Testing

Register via Eventbrite.

  • Testing will begin promptly at the start time. Please arrive early.
  • Late entry into the testing room will not be allowed as it disrupts other test-takers.
  • Test takers must have completed the online pretest training.
  • Current picture ID is required to take the Foster Care Test.
  • Test takers are responsible to know the name/address/phone number of the Adult Foster Home Provider they will be working for.
  • Phones, bags, notebooks, etc. will be stowed on a table away from test-taker during the test.
  • Interpreters are not allowed and the test-taker must enter the room unaccompanied.
  • Test-takers must complete all information on the testing form (name/address/phone, Social Security Number, email).
  • Testing time will be 2 hours including the time it takes to fill in the information at the top of the answer form. Those who are unable to complete the test in 2 hours can return at the next testing time to complete the test.
  • Tests will be supervised for entire 2 hours.
  • Return test-takers are responsible to know what tests need to be retaken. We do not have access to this information during the testing sessions.

If you are applying to become a licensed Adult DD Foster Care provider, you must study the online training videos. Once all the training videos have been thoroughly studied you may come to one of the testing times noted below to take the test. Applicants must complete the Basic Training Course, 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.

Mar. 21 Rm 118 9 a.m. 

If you have any questions regarding testing please contact us at

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.


2051 Kaen Road #135 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.