Become a Foster/Adoptive Resource Parent


In San Diego, many children need a home. These children have been neglected, abused or abandoned, and need the love, care and understanding of foster/adoptive resource parents.

What do foster/adoptive resource parents do?

Foster/adoptive resource parents are people who are concerned about the well-being of children and their families.

They care for children and assist their families with reunification services. These children need loving care and a sense of belonging until their own families are able to care for them again. Children of all ages, with a variety of needs, are waiting to be welcomed into your home to become part of your family.

Who can become a foster/adoptive resource parent?


Foster/adoptive resource parents can be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Male or female
  • 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.

Foster/Adoptive Resource Parents Receive...

  • A monthly reimbursement.
  • Medical and dental coverage for each foster child.
  • Training to enhance their knowledge and skills so they can provide the best possible care to meet the unique needs of foster children.
  • Support and supervision from agency workers.
  • The satisfaction of knowing they have reached out a helping hand to children and their families when it was so desperately needed.
  • The reward of knowing there is something of themselves remaining with every child and family long after child has left the home.
  • The knowledge that their own lives have been enriched in some way by each family they have helped.

Steps to Becoming a Foster/Adoptive Resource Parent

Becoming a foster/adoptive resource parent is a simple procedure, but takes time and determination to complete. All requirements for becoming a Foster Parent are intended to provide safety and security for both child and foster and adoptive resource parent. The steps are:

  1. Attend a Foster Family Agency Forum
  2. Fill out the application forms
  3. Fingerprint all persons in the household over the age of 18
  4. Receive a Home Visit
  5. Complete First Aid and CPR certification
  6. Provide a Health Report including a TB test result
  7. Complete 12 hours of TIPS (Trauma-Informed Pre Service) series of classes
  8. Complete the Resource Family Questionnaire

Upon completion of the foster home licensing process and TIPS classes, an adoption applicant worker will be assigned to assist you with the completion of the home study process. Completion and approval of a home study is necessary before you are approved to provide a foster/adoptive placement for children needing out of home care.