Resource Family Approval Program

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What is Resource Family Approval Program? 

Foster care matches caring families with children and youth who need safe, temporary homes. San Mateo County is seeking strong, stable families who can offer a safe and loving home for children suffering from abuse or neglect.

The San Mateo County Human Services Agency is a Concurrent planning agency which means:

· There is a focus on Family Reunification (returning children to their families once their safety has been re-established).

· Concurrently, our social workers prepare appropriate foster placements, in case it is determined that reunification is not possible.

Concurrent Planning allows us to return the child to a stable routine and a home environment as quickly as possible. 

Who can be a Resource Family?

Resource Families, formerly known as "foster families are people who open their homes to children who have been removed from their families because they are at risk of abuse and neglect.

There is a strong need for Resource Families who are willing to foster children that may not be permanently placed with them. Resource families can be from any age group or ethnic background, married or single, gay or straight, with or without children, homeowners or renters.  Whenever possible, we will try to place a child with a suitable and available extended family member.

In San Mateo County, you can only adopt if you are an approved resource family.




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