Foster a Child, Siblings or Teen in Northern California
Are you are interested in becoming an approved Resource Parent (formerly known as foster parent) so you can foster or adopt a child, siblings, or teen in the state of California? Please begin the application process or visit our blog post, How to Become a Resouce Parent in California
We recommend you also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to review answers commonly asked by individuals and couples interested in fostering or adopting.
You may apply to become an AFS resource parent if you reside in one of the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo or Yuba.
What AFS Looks for in Resource Families
AFS seeks individuals, couples, and families who can offer warmth and understanding to children, siblings, and teens who are in foster care. AFS resource parents should demonstrate patience, guidance, motivation, tolerance, understanding, flexibility, and commitment. Resource parents through AFS have excellent 24/7 support, compensation, training, and agency accountability.
AFS operates a number of foster care services that are solution-focused, strength-based, needs-driven, community-centered, and culturally competent.
- Therapeutic Foster Care
- Treatment Foster Care (East Bay)
- Intensive Services Foster Care
- Family Alternatives for Children with Developmental Disabilities
- San Francisco Emergency Placement
Initial AFS Resource Family Qualifications
AFS approved resource parents must:
- reside in the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo or Yuba
- have a stable source of income sufficient to meet your family’s needs
- provide approved adult supervision for foster youth when they are in your home
- have a bedroom for foster youth (individual or shared with a child of the same gender and similar in age)
Learn About Becoming an AFS Resource or Adoptive Parent
Thank you for considering AFS to assist you in fostering or adopting a youth! We're here to answer your questions and support you through the process of becoming a resource family/foster parent.