1. Attend an Informative Orientation Meeting

Our Department conducts a series of monthly orientation meetings throughout the county for prospective resource (foster or adoptive) parents. These meetings will acquaint you with our foster care and adoption process and help you learn more about our children. Families adopting a relative in their care are not required to attend these meetings. To register for an orientation meeting, please call our toll free number, (888) 811-1121.

2. Obtain a Foster Care License From the State

Whether you want to adopt or foster you will need to obtain a foster care license to provide care for a child not related to you. As a prospective caregiver you must apply with the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division. Information regarding the CCL licensing process is provided in detail at the orientation meetings.

3. Attend Resource Parent Classes

You will also need to attend 33 hours of pre-service training. The Permanency and Safety: Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (PS-MAPP) training is an interactive group process that will help you determine if fostering or adoption is the right choice for you and how to care for children that have been through the trauma of not being able to live with their family. The PS-MAPP program requires a six-week commitment (twice weekly or one Saturday for six consecutive weeks).

4.Complete Family Assessment/Home Study

During the six-week PS-MAPP group, you will be asked to submit paperwork and documents to your social worker. Your social worker will also meet with you at your home for individual interviews and gather required information. The purpose of this assessment is to discuss your personal history, interests and lifestyle, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children's needs.

5. Ready to be a Resource Parent

After your family assessment/home study is completed, you are then ready to have a child placed in your care. How soon a child will be placed with you depends on the availability of the type of child you are willing and able to parent.

Once you become a resource parent (foster or adoptive), you will be able to nurture and provide ongoing care to children who are not able to live with their birth families. As a resource parent providing foster care, you will need to work with the social worker to support with the reunification plan that may include visits between the birth parents and the child. If reunification with the birth family does not occur, you may then pursue adoption, or legal guardianship.

If you are solely interested in adopting, you're information will be referred to the Placement and Recruitment Unit (PRU) where they will assist you in being matched with a waiting child that already has a plan of adoption.

We offer a wide variety of community resources to assist you in caring for your family including post-adoption services.

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