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Become a Foster Parent

Foster parents are also known as Resource Families. Resource Family Approval is the State of California process that an adult, relative, family friend or adoptive family completes to be certified to provide a caring home for foster children and youth.

Foster parents must meet certain requirements prior to State approval (see partial list below). A Family, Youth and Children's Division social worker will guide you through the approval process.

Steps to Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent

  1. Attend an Information Meeting to explore whether foster care is right for you. You will receive basic information on foster care, adoption, and the Resource Family Approval process. You will also be given application forms. Please RSVP at (707) 565-4274 if you wish to attend.

  2. Attend a Foster / Resource Family Introduction meeting. The series is offered in English and Spanish. Topics include:
    • Overview of child welfare's role
    • Your role on the professional team
    • Positive parenting skills
    • Childhood trauma and traumatic stress
    • Coping with loss and transition

  3. Contact your health provider to get a health screening and TB test.

  4. Train for CPR and First Aid certification with our community partner agency.

  5. File the Resource Family Application with the Family, Youth and Children's Division and be fingerprinted. There are no fees. Approval takes 90 days once the application is submitted.

  6. Arrange a home visit with a Family Youth and Children social worker, who’ll evaluate the home for safety, comfort and bedroom space.

  7. At an interview with a Family Youth and Children social worker, foster parents discuss matching a child with your family situation and preferences.

When the requirements are met, you will be approved and eligible to care for a foster child.

Contact Information

Family, Youth and Children's Services
Human Services Department
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
1202 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Child Protection 24/7 Hotline

(707) 565-4304 / (800) 870-7064

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Local Foster & Adoption Agencies

Local Foster Care Agencies

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