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How to Become a Foster Parent

To learn more on how to become a foster parent in San Bernardino County, please e-mail or call us at 1-800-722-4477


What is Foster Care?

Foster Care is the temporary placement of a child in a home outside of his or her family which is required for the safety and well-being of the child. Children are placed in foster care until their parents or caregivers are able to provide a safe environment for them or until a permanent placement such as adoption or guardianship becomes available. Social workers visit the foster home on a regular basis to support the children's needs. Foster parents receive financial assistance to support the child(ren) placed in their homes.
CFS provides information, training, and support to those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.  Orientation and training schedules are flexible to accommodate working parents, and are culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of families. Staff are available to assist you through the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
If you are interested in obtaining more information please see the Orientation Schedule and Adoption Brochure below. 

The Challenge

Every day abused, abandoned and neglected children in San Bernardino County are added to the growing list of children needing foster parents.  Confused, lonely, and frightened, these children need loving care and understanding in a safe home to restore their confidence and trust.  It is not easy or simple, but if you feel you want to make a difference in the life of a needy child please consider attending an Orientation for more information.

The Licensing Process

Attending a Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation is the first step to becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent. At the orientation you will receive information about the requirements and have social work staff available to answer questions.  Initial paperwork to begin the process will be available and staff will be available to assist you in completing the required paperwork.
Training is an important requirement of the process. Two of the trainings required in the initial stages of the process are the Licensing Workshop and a pre-service training session. These trainings are offered once you complete an Orientation session.
The Licensing Workshop provide detailed information about the regulations for becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The Licensing Workshop is generally held within one to two weeks after the Orientation session.
During the licensing process, two social workers are assigned to assist you with the process; one is a Licensing worker and the other a Home Study Worker. The Licensing Worker will make an appointment to visit your home to evaluate safety and appropriateness and discuss other concerns or issues either of you may have.
The Home Study Worker will also visit your home and gather detailed information about you, your family structure, and your relationships among other things. Once all of the information is gathered from both the Licensing Worker and the Home Study Worker, the information is reviewed and upon approval, a foster care license is issued. Once you are approved for the foster care license, you are able to receive foster children and will receive calls when there are children in need of a home.
Your Licensing Worker will conduct an Annual review at your home which may take 1-2 hours. However, you are encouraged to contact your Licensing Worker anytime you have questions or concerns.