Becoming A Foster Parent
Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster parent!
New Families staff will assist all applicants in assessing their ability, willingness, and readiness to meet the varying needs of children placed in their home. New Families simplifies the process of applying to be a foster/resource parent using the new California State “Resource Family Approval” guidelines. To learn more about these guidelines, click here.
Who can apply?
The adult who will be the primary care provider and the spouse or domestic partner if they live in the home.
How long is the process?
The process must be completed within 120 days from the time a completed application is submitted. Generally, families are able to become certified within 90 days.
What does the process consist of?
Paperwork: Applicants are asked to complete a number of forms, including submitting references, proof of income, a health questionnaire, and a criminal record statement.
Actions taken: Applicants must complete a Livescan (fingerprints) background check, an online pre-service training, and a CPR/First Aid course.
Assessment: Applicants must complete the RFA home study process, consisting of psycho-social interviews, with a New Families social worker, and have a home and grounds inspection.
What happens after I’m certified as a Resource Parent?
After the RFA process is complete, the resource family will be assigned an agency social worker, who will assess the family’s preferences for what type of child will be the best fit in the home. When our agency learns about available children in need of placement, the family social worker will provide the family with information about the child and ask the family if they are interested in placement. Families can always turn down a potential placement if they feel it is not a good fit.
What if I have questions/need help?
Our staff are available to assist families with every step of the RFA process. We want you to succeed! The first step is contacting us with your interest so we can set up an RFA orientation for you to give additional information and answer your questions. Give us a call at 831-335-8380 or drop us an email today.