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Department of Human Services

Sonoma County Foster Care

Who are Foster Parents

Who are Foster Parents?

Single or married, straight or gay, already with kids or without, 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 speak Spanish or be willing to consider a special needs child
  • Believe all people can thrive given the right circumstances.

Next Steps to Learn More

Attend one of our Monthly Information Sessions.  Call (707) 565-4274 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.

You can also call one of our agencies to talk about your interest in becoming a foster parent. Let them know the age of child that best fits your family and the type of foster home you would like to provide. We will help you through the application process and give you details on stipends, respite care services, counseling, support groups, training, mentoring and other support resources.

Call (707) 565-4274 | Email