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The Riverside Project

Babysitter Certification Training

Certified foster care babysitters are in short supply. The certification process can be confusing, time-consuming, and expensive, which presents an obstacle to supporting foster families. 

We want to make babysitter certification as painless as possible. Our Babysitter Certification Training is a stream-lined, multi-agency certification course to equip you to serve families in your community!

The Process

Our certification process covers the basic training and documentation required to babysit foster children (except for fingerprinting). Topics include medication, transportation, trauma-informed care, and CPR/First Aid. Prior to registering, please read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

All documentation and training modules are completed through a secure online portal. Once completed, participants attend a brief CPR/First Aid Skills Check. All background checks and fingerprints are processed by the certifying agency upon completion of the training. 


Step 1: Complete the form on this page.

In response, we will email you a link to a secure online portal where you will access your application and training content.

Step 2: Complete the Babysitter Application paperwork.

Step 3: Watch the online training videos.

Step 4: Sign up for an in-person CPR skills session.

A portion of the CPR/First Aid certification is available online (cost is $20). Following the online portion, participants will be required to attend a brief, in-person skills check (social distancing guidelines will be observed). Skills sessions are typically held monthly on the last Saturday of each month.

Step 5: Submit your application.

Your full application will be sent over to your foster family’s agency for processing.

Step 6: Get fingerprinted.

You will receive instructions for fingerprinting from your indicated agency (or agencies) after they receive your application.

Please be advised that your application and online trainings must be completed prior to signing up for a CPR skills session. Space is limited, so we recommend that participants complete these steps in a timely fashion. We will do our best to add additional sessions as needed!

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