I want to be a Foster/Adoptive Parent

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Every child deserves a safe and stable environment that nurtures personal growth and development.

In Riverside County, there are approximately 4,000 children who have been removed from their families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need love, consistency and commitment. They need you.

If you are committed to addressing the needs of your community, you can help make a critical difference by becoming a licensed foster/adoptive parent, also called a Resource Family. If you think you would like to share your home and family with a child and make a positive impact, please call to learn more. To obtain further information about becoming a foster/adoptive parent you may call 1-800-665-KIDS and/or click here for English and here for Spanish for the Orientation Packet Information.

The role of foster parents is to provide a caring and supportive environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. The primary goal of foster care is to provide a safe and loving home until children are able to reunify with their parents. Foster parents are part of a team that includes social services staff and the biological parents working toward the goal of reunification. For children who cannot be returned to biological parents, foster placement may be the first step toward permanent placement such as adoption or guardianship.

As a foster/adoptive parent, you can help children during times of family crisis by providing positive parenting. Hold their hands. Take them to the library. Teach them to ride a bike or tie their shoes. For older children, helping to set educational goals provides a valuable lesson. Simple acts of caring and commitment can make an important difference in a child’s life. Your rewards will be immeasurable, and your community will benefit by having a greater number of well-adjusted children.

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services is a state licensed adoption agency and as such, is able to take relinquishments from birth parents who wish to place their child(ren) in a loving, adoptive home.

Thank you for taking an interest in caring for a child. We invite you to become a member of the Riverside County Resource Family program. To review commonly asked questions and download an Orientation Packet, please click on the following links: Orientation Packets (English) - (Spanish).

To review additional information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Riverside County, please visit the following websites: Resource Family Facebook Page and Riverside County Heart Gallery.

If you are interested in becoming a tribal foster/adoptive parent please click here Indian Child Family Services.

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