Foster Care / Adoption Eligibility
Am I eligible to be a foster or fost/adopt parent (Resource Family) ?
Resource families are people from every walk of life who are committed to providing stable, supportive homes for children who have been removed from their parents because of neglect or abuse. Because the Human Services Agency is a Concurrent planning agency we focus on Family Reunification (returning children to their families once their safety has been re-established) and adoption. Concurrently, our social workers prepare appropriate foster placements, in case it is determined that reunification is not possible.
Resource Families can be married or single, gay or lesbian, with or without children, and from any ethnic or cultural background.
Age requirements are flexible, as long as you are a healthy adult with the energy and desire to care for a child. You do not have to own your home, as long as your rental home is safe and large enough to accommodate your family. You do not have to be wealthy to be a resource family, but your income must be adequate to provide for the basic needs of your family.
All resource families must complete training and receive a criminal background check, a health screening and a home inspection. All training, approval and inspections are provided free of charge, and usually take a minimum of 6 months to complete. Any person interested in adopting a foster child must also complete the Resource Family Approval process.
Informational Meeting Dates
Resource Parent Training- 18 Hours
Resource Family Approval Training- 18 Hours
Individuals interested in becoming a resource family must complete 18 hours of training.
The training series is held over 3 consecutive Saturdays.
Location: 400 Harbor Blvd. Bldg. B in Belmont, CA 94002
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Registration is required to attend. Sorry no child care is provided.
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