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.
Complete the Resource Family Application form and supporting documents. You'll be fingerprinted for your background check. (There are no fees.) Approval takes 90 days once the application is submitted.
Train for CPR and First Aid certification.
Arrange a home visit with a Family Youth and Children social worker, who’ll evaluate the home for safety, comfort and bedroom space.
Interview with a Family Youth and Children 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.