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Consider Being a Foster Parent

Would You be a Good Foster Parent?

If you care about children and you’re reading this, the likely answer is 


Foster parents are vital members of the safety net of people and services that protect, care for and help heal Sonoma County children and teens who’ve suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment at home. Our foster parents tell us that caring for a foster child enriches both the child's life and their own.

When a child is moved from an unsafe home, the Family, Youth and Children’s Division strives to stabilize the family so parents can reunite with their children. Temporary foster parents provide a safe haven for children and youth until safety and stability is possible.

Foster parenting is also the first step to adopt a child who cannot safely return home.

Foster Families Don’t Need to be “Perfect”

They do need to be loving, patient, flexible and willing to help children cope with tough times.

They also need the skills to team with important people in the child’s life, including the birth parents, allowing each to have a voice.

Foster parents are single adults, straight or gay, families with children or without. They are the child’s relatives or familiar friends, such as neighbors, family friends, coaches or teachers.

If this sounds like you,contact us today

Learn more about becoming a foster parent at one of our monthly Explore Foster Parenting talks on Zoom (click here for the calendar), or call (707) 545-4274 to talk with us about how you can give the gift of family to a child in need.

Contact Information

Family, Youth and Children's Services
Human Services Department

In-person Lobby Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Phone Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Child Protection Hotline 24/7:
(707) 565-4304

Contact us by Phone
1202 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Donate to the Blue Bag Program

Blue duffle bag

A child moved to an emergency foster home receives a blue duffel bag with basic things needed for the first days in foster care.