Foster Care / Adoption Eligibility
Am I eligible to be a foster or fost/adopt parent?
Foster and Fost/Adopt parents 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.
Foster parents and Fost/Adopt parents can be married or single, gay or lesbian, with or without children, and from any ethnic or cultural background. However, only San Mateo County residents are eligible to participate in the county’s foster care program.
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 foster parent, but your income must be adequate to provide for the basic needs of your family.
All foster parents must complete training and receive a criminal background check, a health screening and a home inspection. All training, licensing and inspections are provided free of charge, and usually take three to six months to complete. Any person interested in adopting a foster child must also complete an adoption home study. The adoption home study is also provided free of charge.
How are Foster Parents different from Fost/Adopt parents?
For the most part, Foster parents and Fost/Adopt parents get the same training and have the same job. Fost/Adopt parents must be licensed Foster Parents, and the primary job of both groups is to provide safe, supportive and stable temporary homes for foster children.
However, Fost/Adopt parents have taken additional legal and emotional steps to prepare to adopt their foster children in the event that those children cannot be returned to their birth parents. The primary goal of the child welfare agency is to reunite children with their families, once the family’s problems have been resolved. However, some children cannot be safely returned to their parents, and those children may be adopted by Fost/Adopt families.
Where can I get more information?
For additional information about Foster Care and the Fost/Adopt program, please contact:
You are invited to an Informational Meeting to hear more about our program and have all your questions answered.
Resource Parent Training- 18 Hours
Individuals interested in becoming a foster/adoptive resource parent must complete 18 hours of training as part of their application process.
The training series is held over 3 consecutive Saturdays.
Location: 400 Harbor Blvd. Building B in Belmont, CA 94002
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Pre-registration is required to attend these classes. Sorry no child care is provided. For additional information and pre-registration please contact:
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