Dr. Steven Horwitz
CPR Requirements for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Updated: May 4
7320 Training in CPR and First Aid - From the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services Handbook
CPS October 2017
The FAD (Foster and Adoptive Home Development) worker must ensure that all foster parents are certified in the following, before being the only caregiver responsible for a child in DFPS conservatorship:
• cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for infants, children, and adults; and
• first aid, including training on rescue breathing and choking.
A caregiver must obtain first aid or CPR certification only through the providers specified in Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies §749.985(a)
After the foster parent completes training, the FAD worker must obtain proof of certification from the foster parent.
The FAD worker may accept proof in the form of:
• a certificate, letter, or a statement of successful completion, signed and dated by the training source; or
• a photocopy of the CPR and first aid card, front and back.
The FAD worker must ensure each foster parent renews his or her first aid or CPR training, as required to maintain a current certification.
Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies, Chapter 749, Subchapter F