Our next babysitting training is being offered in an online format!

You must already be connected to a family you want to babysit for.

There will be 2 synchronous training sessions you will be required to join.  One for CPR/First Aid on Thursday, Oct. 8th from 6:30 pm – 9 pm. The second for Babysitting Training with Fostering Hope Austin on Saturday, Oct. 17th from 10am- 1 pm. Both of these trainings must be attended over Zoom to receive your certificates and become certified.

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!


Training Registration: $20.00 
Background Checks:  $37.00 (paid separately)

Please read through all the FAQs below before registering. We look forward to helping you through the process!

Foster Care Babysitting Certification Process:

Steps to getting certified :

  • Register
  • Watch the instructional video
  • get fingerprinted
  • Collect paperwork
  • Get TB test and results
  • Attend CPR and First Aid training online on Thursday, Oct. 8th from 6:30 pm – 9pm
  • Attend Babysitting training online Saturday, Oct. 17th from 10am- 1pm
  • Contactless paperwork drop off

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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