• AAP (Adoption Assistance Program)

A mandatory statewide program that provides financial support to families in order to facilitate the adoption of children who would otherwise be in long-term foster care. The intent of this program is to remove limited financial resources as a barrier to adoption. Obtain details from your adoption social worker.

  • California State Ombudsman for Foster Care – 877-846-1602

Mandated State program to receive concerns regarding issues affecting foster youth. This office is to disseminate information on the rights of children and youth in foster care and to investigate complaints made by or on behalf of children in foster care.

  • Child Abuse Hotline (Los Angeles County DCFS) -800 540-4000

Report of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.

  • Education/Training for Resource Families – Contact your local Community Colleges for Foster and Kinship Care Education about classes/topics. DCFS Training Section coordinates a variety of training opportunities for caregivers to enhance retention and improve the quality of life for children.

  • Foster Parent Associations

There are approximately 35 Foster Parent Associations in Los Angeles County which offer information, support and services to resource parents (foster parents) and their children. You are encouraged to visit a foster parents meeting while proceeding through the foster care licensing process.

  • Foster & Adoption Recruitment Line – 888- 811-1121

Operated by DCFS; provides information on becoming a resource family (foster or adoptive parent); orientation information and registration.

  • INFO LINE of Los Angeles -800-338-6993

Obtain free information and referral to community agencies and services in Los Angeles County. Funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services and the United Way of Los Angeles.

  • PAS (Post Adoption Services), Los Angeles County DCFS -800-732-4984

Under the Adoptions Division, assistance is provided to the adoption triad (adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents) with information, referrals and other services after the adoption finalizes. There is help as long as needed and free of charge. County of Los Angeles Post Adoptive Services.


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