Frequently asked questions

What are the volunteer requirements?

Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete a criminal history background check and a nondisclosure agreement provided by the state. Applicants must attend a short training via Zoom or at the nearest child welfare office (if available), which is followed by a yearly online refresher course. Fosterful deploys volunteers using a web-based app, therefore volunteers must have a smart phone to be alerted of available shifts. Contact us to get in touch with your local Volunteer Coordinator and get started.

What is the time commitment?

Fosterful is an on-call volunteer commitment that takes place Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm. We ask that volunteers have a somewhat flexible schedule so that they can volunteer at least once per month, if only for an hour.

Which states does Fosterful currently serve?

Fosterful currently serves Washington and Idaho. Our goal is to operate in every state someday!

How do I get Fosterful started in my area?

Our goal is to grow by 3 to 5 new locations each year. If you are interested in starting a program in your area contact us, or if you are interested in partnering with us financially to help make it happen, donate now.

Employees of a state child welfare agency who would like to see Fosterful at their office can reach out to us to inquire.

How do I become a foster parent?

Ready to go all-in? Many fosterful volunteers move on to become full-fledged foster parents! Explore your options here.

How is Fosterful responding to the Covid-19 crisis?

Fosterful is open in both Washington and Idaho. We take our cues from the child welfare offices where we serve, meaning that if the local welfare office is open, then we're open too. All active volunteers have signed a Covid-19 waiver, and safety and cleaning procedures have been put in place to protect volunteers and children during their time together at the office. Since the pandemic began fundraising and training events have all taken place online. Despite the challenges, Fosterful remains poised and ready to be called upon when intake numbers once again begin to rise.