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Human Services Department

Family, Youth, and Children Division

Become a Foster Parent

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The Process

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 approved to provide a caring home for foster children and youth.

Foster parents must meet certain requirements before being approval.  Below is a partial list of the requirements. 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 online Foster Parent Info Session to learn more about whether foster care is right for you. At the Zoom meeting, you will receive basic information on foster care, adoption, and the Resource Family Approval process. Please reserve your seat by calling (707) 565-4274 or Email
  2. Attend a Foster / Resource Pre-Service Training. The series is offered in English and Spanish by the non-profit Child Parent Institute. 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. Complete the Resource Family Application form and supporting documents. You'll be fingerprinted for your background check. (There are no fees.) Approval takes approximately 90 days once the application is submitted.
  4. Train for CPR and First Aid certification.
  5. Arrange a home visit with a social worker, who will evaluate the home for safety, comfort and bedroom space.
  6. Interview with a social worker to discuss matching a child with your family situation and preferences.

When the background check is complete and the requirements are met, you will be eligible to care for a foster child.

How can I become a foster parent?

Call 707-565-4274 | Email

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Types of Foster Care

There are many ways to be a foster parent. Learn more here!

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Who are Foster Parents?

Foster parents can be single adults, gay and straight couples, Spanish mono lingual, or a child's relatives or family friends.

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Support for Foster Parents and Kids

Get the support you need for foster parents and youth.