Are you interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent?
Placer County has a continuing need for foster and adoptive families. Placer County works in partnership with Sierra Forever Families to operate the Placer Kids program. This program recruits and educates new foster and adoptive parents, and providers foster care licensing and adoptive home studies to families who are interested in opening their homes. The program also provides 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 Kids 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.
Shelter Care Families
Shelter Care Families are licensed foster family homes who have a contract with Placer County to provide care for children 0 – 5 years of age. They provide care for up to 30 days, until the children either return to their birth families, or are placed with into a longer term foster care home. Shelter Care Families are usually licensed 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 Care family during the contract month. When a child is placed with the Shelter Care family, they receive both the stipend and the prorated monthly foster care rate. These Shelter Care Families are expected to be on call 24/7 with four days off per month.
These families provider a permanent home for children and youth. Those wishing to adopt a foster child must first obtain a foster care license. Children must reside with an identified adoptive family for a minimum of six months before the child can be legally adopted. 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 starts by attending the Placer Kids Orientation. Next, a home visit will be scheduled with a licensing worker, and the prospective family will be given an application package to complete, learn about the pre-licensing courses, and be given 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.
Placer Kids has many support services in place to help make the foster care/adoption experience successful. Placer Kids offers a nine-week training class which, along with the orientation, will give foster and adoptive families a broad overview of the services that are available. There is a Foster/Adoptive/NREFM/Kinship Resource Family Support Group that meets monthly in Roseville. Support Group Flyer
The first step in exploring foster care or adoption is to attend the once a month orientation meeting. The orientation is held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Placer Kids location in either Auburn or Rocklin.
Call Donna Aleccia, 530-887-9982, for more information and to RSVP for Orientation.
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
Placer Kids offers Training for Foster Care and Adoption Licensing
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.