Foster and Adoptive Family Resource Services

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At any given time, about 3,000 children are involved in San Diego County's child welfare services, and more than 40 children are waiting for permanent adoptive placement. These children have been neglected, abused or abandoned, and need the love, care and understanding of foster/adoptive resource parents.

The children range in age from toddlers to young teens, come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, or are siblings who need to be placed together. Some children may have medical, educational or emotional needs that require special attention. We are looking for mature individuals who have the flexibility, commitment, humor, love and understanding it takes to be a parent. Children right here in our own community need a place to call home.

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What's the Difference Between Fostering and Adopting?

What it means to be a Foster Resource Parent:

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What it means to be an Adoption Resource Parent:

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Who Can Become a Resource Parent?

Foster/adoptive resource parents can be:

  • 18 years or older
  • All genders and sexual orientations
  • Single or married
  • Retired or working
  • Homeowner or renter

If you have a strong desire to make a positive difference in a child's life, help a family reunite and provide a nurturing, loving, and supportive environment, YOU can be a foster/adoptive resource parent. Learn more about the Resource Family Approval process.

What is a Resource Parent?

Any individual, couple, or family who wants to provide care to a related or unrelated child(ren) who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department. They care for and embrace children of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. They provide children with need, love, care, and a sense of belonging until child can reunify with their families or reach permanency.

Once approved, Resource Families may be considered for placement for foster care, adoption or legal guardianship, depending on the Resource Family’s goal. Resource Family Approval does not guarantee placement of a child.

Additional Resources

For additional information on the process and experience of adoption please use these links, or call the number above.