Arrow, Circles of Care, CPS, Depelchin, Divinity Family Services, Giocosa, Helping Hand Home, Pathways, PCHAS, SAFE, Settlement Home, STARRY, Upbring and Fostering Hope Austin are working together to make it easier for people to support foster parents!

Remind Me of the Next Training

$20 for registration

$37/person for background checks paid separately.

There is no childcare. Please read through all the FAQs before registering.  We look forward to helping you through the process!

Step 1: Register and receive an application. Fill it out and submit it along with a copy of your Social Security Card and Driver’s License.

Step 2:  Schedule a fingerprint appointment and collect a few other documents.

Step 3: Once completing step 1 and 2, you attend the training and finish up the process.  You’ll receive final approval from the agencies and you are ready to BABYSIT!!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I expect on Training Day?   You’ll meet your paperwork guide and sign a few more documents when you check-in.  Trauma-informed care training for babysitters will be about 2 hours, followed with transportation and administering medications training.  Finally, we’ll have a CPR trainer present and you can receive a TB test all in one location!  Lunch is provided.

What is the cost to be certified?  Registration is $20.  Fingerprinting is $37 for each person who gets fingerprinted.  Fostering Hope Austin works hard to find donations and sponsors to cover the TB tests and CPR to make it easier financially for people.

Who will need to be background checked?  If you bring a foster care child into YOUR home to babysit, every person 14 years or older in the home must be background checked.  Anyone, 18 years and older, who anticipates being left alone with the foster child must have a background check AND go through the certification. An exception to this is if you want to work with Helping Hand Home and Circles of Care who require you to be 21 years to babysit. If you must have more than 2 people background check in your household and this becomes a financial barrier, please contact us.

What if I don’t get all my paperwork completed by training day? Work really hard to complete it!  We want to encourage the agencies and foster families with babysitters trained and ready to go!  The list of requirements are available to download before you register. Please take a look and determine before you sign-up that you will complete them!

What agencies that are part of the joint certification? Arrow,Circles of Care, CPS, Depelchin, Divinity Family Services, Giocosa, Helping Hand Home, Pathways, PCHAS, SAFE, STARRY, Settlement Home, and Upbring.  Thank you to all the partner agencies!

The agency I want to babysit for is not on the list. Can they join the collaboration now?  Not at this time but when we do this again, we will open it up to other agencies who are a part of the Adoption Collaborative through Partnerships for Children OR the Travis Count Collaborative for Children.

Why are you asking people to choose only 3 agencies if there are more agencies in the collaboration?    All the agencies have agreed on the same requirements, however, it didn’t seem like a good idea for anyone to be called by all of the different agencies for a babysitting request.  Three choices gives you flexibility but still keeps you from getting over-run by requests.  You can add other agencies within a year if you choose to work with another agency.

Is this a faith-based training?  No. The training we provide on is based on Trust-based Relational Intervention which is an evidence-based trauma-informed care training.  There are no requirements to attend a church or be of a religious preference to be a part of this babysitting certification.

What is a Paperwork Guide?  To make the process as simple as possible we are assigning everyone going through certification to a Paperwork Guide (PG).  Questions can come up with each person’s situation regarding the steps and paperwork, so the PG is there to help you as much or as little as you need.

Can I get paid as a babysitter? We are hopeful that no one uses babysitting as an income, but as a service to foster parents.  There are no requirements for foster parents to pay for babysitting and it is up to the babysitter, foster family and agency to decide if there will be compensation.

Who will need a TB test?  Anyone left alone with the child or who has consistent interaction with the child must have a TB test.

I completed my CPR/1st Aid certification already. Do I need to do it again?  If your certification is less than 12 months old, then you do not need to do it again.  Bring a copy of the certificate or card to Training Day for each agency you work with.

I had a TB test already. Do I need to do it again?  As long as you have done it in the past 8 months, just bring a copy of the results documented for each agency you work with.