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collapse Title : Can I work full time and have foster children? ‎(1)
Can I work full time and have foster children?
You may work full time and have foster children over the age of 5 years.  We require that for children 5 and younger that an at home parent is available.  Infants and toddlers need the full time care provided by an at-home parent. 
 
Additionally, foster parents who work full time usually are not available when social workers need to place children in foster homes; and, full time employment restricts the time foster parents are available to foster children for whom they provide care. Foster parents are also responsible for providing transportation to family visits, doctor visits, therapy visits as required by child’s needs.
 
collapse Title : Do I have to be married? My boyfriend and I live together; is that O.K.? ‎(1)
Do I have to be married? My boyfriend and I live together; is that O.K.?

We are looking for a stable family-type setting in which to place foster children. This can be a single parent, married couple, or an unmarried couple with a stable relationship. Anyone living in the home over the age of 18 years must be involved in the approval process.

collapse Title : Do I have to have a job? ‎(1)
Do I have to have a job?

You must have a stable and verifiable  source of income to take care of your family. California State Regulations require that foster families must be able to meet all their family’s financial needs. Foster Care cannot be used as income for this purpose.

collapse Title : Do I need to have a car? Telephone? Extra bedroom? ‎(1)
Do I need to have a car? Telephone? Extra bedroom?

Foster homes must have safely operating vehicles that are insured and large enough to transport the entire family.   Foster children will need to be taken for visitation with parents and other family members, to court, medical & dental appointments, school, and extra-curricular activities.  If a foster parent does not have a valid driver’s license, they must present a feasible plan on how the children will be transported to necessary activities.

Foster parents must have phone service and telephone numbers, (land line or cell) that are accurate and unblocked.  Foster parents must be available to receive telephone calls for possible placement at all time.
Each foster child must have his or her own bed and may share a bedroom with only one other child.  When sharing a bedroom, children over the age of five must be of the same gender.
 
For more information about Foster Parenting please call:

909-891-3300 or 1-800-722-4477

or write to:

County Foster Care
412 West Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415


collapse Title : How do I become a Foster or Adoptive Parent? ‎(1)
How do I become a Foster or Adoptive Parent?
To begin the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent you are required to attend a Foster Parent Orientation.  We currently offer Orientation sessions several times a month at various locations throughout the county.  To find out specific dates and locations of upcoming Orientation sessions, you can call 1-800-722-4477.  The application process will be explained greater detail at these sessions.


collapse Title : How many children can I have? ‎(1)
How many children can I have?

The number of foster children that can be placed in a foster home varies depending on the size and capacity of the home. California State Licensing Regulations set an absolute limit of six children who can reside in a foster home, with no more than two children per bedroom. *This limit of six children includes the number of ALL children permitted in the home, including your biological children.

collapse Title : How much will I be paid? ‎(1)
How much will I be paid?

​Foster Parents do not get paid for providing care to the children placed in their homes. However, for each child placed in your home you will receive a foster care reimbursement to be used for caring for and meeting the needs of the children placed in your homes.  These needs include providing adequate and appropriate clothing and feeding of the foster child. The basic foster care rates currently range from $657 to $820 per month, depending on the age of the child. For children who have special requirements, there is a specialized care increment, ranging from $79 up to $840 per month, determined by the child’s social worker.

collapse Title : How soon will I get placement? ‎(1)
How soon will I get placement?

It is difficult to say when you will get your first placement. Generally speaking, you complete the licensing process, which includes having a Foster Care Home Study competed, and receive your license. Once, your foster care license has been approved and issued, social workers can begin calling you to place a child.

collapse Title : I am San Bernardino County Emancipated Foster Youth that aged out of the system and I need Medi-cal/Medicaid, who do I contact? ‎(1)
I am San Bernardino County Emancipated Foster Youth that aged out of the system and I need Medi-cal/Medicaid, who do I contact?
Contact the Colton Transitional Assistance Department
2040 Woodpine Ave. Colton CA 92324
(909) 421-4029
collapse Title : What are some of the special needs a foster child may have? ‎(1)
What are some of the special needs a foster child may have?

These are children who may be severely neglected, suffering from physical or sexual abuse and may have emotional problems related to their experiences. The children’s behavior may not be appropriate to their ages. Many of these children may also be behind in school and need someone to support and advocate for them in the educational system.   Regardless of the physical and emotional problems with which these children must deal, they all need a safe, nurturing home environment.

collapse Title : What are the age requirements to be a foster parent? ‎(1)
What are the age requirements to be a foster parent?

California State Licensing Regulations require an applicant to be an adult who is at least 18 years of age. However, this is only one factor to be considered. We are also looking for a solid background in parenting children. Such a background is seldom, if ever, present in young adults. As a rule of thumb, we look for people who have attained at least ten years of adulthood.