At the time of initial application, the applicant/s shall submit the names, mailing address, email addresses, and phone numbers of no more than four individuals who will be contacted by Crossroads Youth Services and asked to provide a reference letter. These individuals shall be knowledgeable regarding the ability of the applicant/s to provide a safe environment and to nurture foster children. No more than one reference may be a relative of the applicant. Only the four original reference individuals submitted will be considered.

A minimum of three out of the four individuals must submit a reference letters directly to Crossroads Youth Services.

Crossroads Youth Services may, in the exercise of their professional judgment, deny an application if a reference reveals reasonable concerns regarding an applicant's ability to provide foster care services.