Are you interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent?
Placer County has a continuing need for foster and adoptive families. Placer County provides foster care licensing and adoptive home studies to families who are interested in opening their homes. Placer County works in partnership with several community based organizations such as Sierra Forever Families, Koinonia Family Services and Lilliput Family Services to recruit and educate new foster and adoptive parents. These programs also provide ongoing support for families to better deal with issues the children face. Children do best when they can stay in their own schools and live in their own communities. Placer County also has children who need temporary foster care, which could be anywhere from 3 to 12 months in time. Additionally, there are children who are unable to return to their families and need permanent homes either through adoption or guardianship.
Placer County contracts with Koinonia Family Services to operate the Emergency Shelter Family program. Shelter Families are foster family homes that provide temporary care for children of all ages. They provide care for up to 30 days, until the children either return to their birth families, or are placed with a longer term foster care home. Shelter Families are usually certified for a maximum of two children. A monthly stipend is provided for each available bed/child for which the home is contracted. This stipend is paid whether or not children are actually placed with the Shelter Family during the contract month. When a child is placed with the Shelter Family, they receive both the stipend and the prorated monthly foster care rate. These Shelter Families are expected to be on call 24/7 with four days off per month. Please contact Koinonia Family Services if you are interested in becoming a Shelter Family - (916) 652-0516.
These families provider a permanent home for children and youth. Those wishing to adopt a foster child must first obtain a foster care license, or become a certified family with one of the agencies listed above. Children must reside with an identified adoptive family for a minimum of six months before the child can be legally placed for adoption. While a child is living with such a family, the child is considered to be in foster care and the family must meet the necessary requirements. Obtaining this license or certification starts by attending an orientation with a Foster Adoption organization such as Sierra Forever Families/Placer Kids, Koinonia Family Services or Lilliput Family Services. Next, a home visit will be scheduled with a licensing or certification worker, and the prospective family will be given an application package to complete, and Livescan documents for fingerprint clearances. Foster parents must be current in CPR and first aid, have a clear TB screen, and be in general good health, which is documented by a physician's health screening evaluation. There are some additional steps to becoming licensed or certified, including attending a minimum number of training hours, interviews, and assuring the home meets certain health and safety standards.
The first step in exploring foster care or adoption is to attend the once a month orientation meeting that can be set up with any of the foster family community based organizations in Placer County. Please contact one of those organizations to obtain a schedule of the available orientations.
Foster and Adoption Support Group - Roseville
Held every 4th Thursday of the month at Sierra College Gateway, 333 Sunrise Blvd, Room 114, Roseville, CA, 95661
To be added to the invite list or to RSVP contact Lauri Healy at 916-749-7723 or 916-505-2701 or Laurihealy@yahoo.com
Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care
- Administer a public health nursing program for children in foster care know as the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC).
- Public Health nurses in the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care work with county child welfare services agencies and departments of probation to address the medical, dental, mental and developmental needs of children and youth in foster care.
- They provide their professional health care expertise and knowledge of the community to the caseworkers, foster care parents and providers, health care providers and others on the foster care team.
- For more information please contact Auburn Children in Foster Care, 11484 B Avenue, Auburn, CA 95602 - 530-886-3620 - Fax 530-886-3606.