Foster Parent Requirements

PHILLIPS Teaching Parents provide a positive family-living experience and support for children and youth in therapeutic foster care. Teaching Parents provide the support these children need to be successful at home, at school, and in the community.

To become an approved Teaching Parent, you must:

  • Be over 21 years old and live in Virginia
  • Complete specialized per-service training. PTH provides PRIDE training- see more information below
  • Undergo home study which includes 3 visits
  • Additional documentation as required by Virginia State Regulations (see detailed list below).

PHILLIPS Teaching Homes provides a specialized 27-hour PRIDE training (prior to placement of children and adolescents) which will prepare you to become more confident in your parenting skills with children that are in foster care and also children that are eligible for adoption. This training will cover all competencies needed to meet the needs of children and adolescents that have gone through traumatic experiences, special discipline, attachment difficulties and will provide with a detailed overview of the foster care system. After placement, we provide ongoing training, support and we are available 24/7 in case of emergencies.

Per Virginia State regulations, we would require the following documentation in order so license your home:

  • Home Study (include home visits, family interviews, reference checks and family assessment)
  • Background Checks (CPS, Criminal, FBI) *
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Proof of Income: 2 Pay stubs or W-2
  • Medical Statement and TB Screen-All household members (Bi-Annual Medical-MD)
  • Driving Records*
  • Proof of Car and Home Insurance
  • Marriage Certificate / Divorce Decree(s)
  • Pet documentation of vaccination
  • Written fire evacuation plan
  • Three references

*PHILLIPS does not charge any fees for all the above, however, the State of Virginia has fees attached to clearances. If your home is approved, PHILLIPS will reimburse some of these fees.

During the time you are in our program, you will be assigned a Case Manager for every child placement in your home. He/she will work with you with ongoing support and will develop a plan to help you meet the needs of the child and to help your family adjust to having a new member in the home. Your Case Manager will be the main contact person since they will be visiting your home at least once a week at your convenience. We follow the PHILLIPS Teaching Homes Model, which provides teaching interactions for children placed in your home, and to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing home for children in foster care until their long-term goal is met.

If you have any questions or your would like to schedule an Information Session, please contact Ana Sierra at 703-941-0780 x169 or by email at

Please print out and complete a Teaching Parent Application.