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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.