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Human Services Department

Family, Youth, and Children Division

Who are Foster Parents?

foster dad and child at the park

Who are Foster Parents?

Single or married, straight or gay, already with kids or without, Spanish or other language speaker, what you offer is simple:

  • Attention. Care.
  • Structure. Presence.
  • Whether you are a teacher, firefighter, pastor, counselor, farmer, working professional, retiree, or working in the home —YOU can make an immediate difference in our community as a foster parent.
  • Every child deserves to feel safe, wanted and loved.


  • You want to make a positive difference in the life of a local child or teen.
  • Can be positive in a crisis situation.
  • Have excellent communication skills and enjoy being part of a team.
  • Understand the value of building trust with a child and the importance of stable connections.
  • Have strong connections to your community, so you have a network when you need additional help.
  • Have a flexible work schedule or a stay-at-home parent who can be available when needed or if the child is out of school, or needs transportation to counseling, medical appointments, visits with family.
  • May be willing to consider a special needs child
  • Believe all people can thrive given the right circumstances.

How can I become a foster parent?

Call (707) 565-4274 | Email

Attend one of our Foster Parent Info Sessions.  Call (707) 565-4274 or email to reserve your space. At these one-hour meetings, you'll hear from local foster care agencies and experienced foster parents. You can get your questions answered.