Foster a Child

Are you interested in being certified as a resource parent (formerly known as foster parent), so you may foster or adopt a child?

If yes, be sure to download our free ebook on what’s required to become an approved foster home and how to bring children in foster care into your life.

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This guide will explain all of the requirements and steps you’ll need to go through before you can care for children in foster care, highlighting the total application process including the background check and home study procedures. This is for all resource families, whether you’re interested in fostering or adopting from foster care.

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What AFS Looks for in Foster Families

AFS seeks individuals and families who can offer warmth and understanding to foster children by becoming foster parents. AFS foster parents are chosen based upon their ability to demonstrate patience, guidance, motivation, tolerance, understanding, flexibility and commitment. Our foster parents have excellent 24/7 support, compensation, training and agency accountability.

AFS operates a number of foster care models designed to be solution-focused, strength-based, needs-driven, community-centered and culturally competent.

  • Therapeutic Foster Care
  • Intensive Treatment Foster Care
  • Family Alternatives for Children with Developmental Disabilities

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Initial AFS Foster Home and Families Qualifications

If you want to work specifically with AFS to care for a child or children in foster care, then you must live in one of these California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano or Sonoma. If you don’t live in any of these California counties but are still interested in assisting in the care and lives of children in foster care, then be sure to reach out to us and we’ll put you in contact with an agency that can help.

Further, a potential foster or adoptive family must have a stable source of income sufficient to meet your family’s needs, have the ability to provide approved adult supervision for a foster child whenever he or she is in your home, and have a bedroom for a foster child (individual or shared with a child of same gender and similar in age).

For more foster parent information, please be sure to review our FAQs guide [PDF].

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Want to Learn More About Becoming a Resource Parent?

Ready to open your heart to children in foster care? Here’s where interested foster families can have their questions answered and received support throughout the process of becoming a resource family and helping care for foster kids.

CONTACT US

(800) 300-1022

rfarecruitment@afs4kids.org 

Inquire online by clicking here 

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español, favor de llamar a mi compañera al (800) 300-1022 

Foster Parent Referral Program 

If you are an AFS Foster Parent or staff member and know someone interested in becoming a foster parent, the AFS Foster Parent Referral Program allows you to earn money while helping foster children and youth work towards a permanent solution. To learn more about our referral program for new resource families, be sure to click here [PDF]. 

About AFS 

Alternative Family Services has provided foster care, adoption and mental health services in Northern California since 1978. AFS is a foster, adoptions and mental health agency that has been creating safe, permanent connections for foster children and youth in the Bay Area since 1978. The mission of Alternative Family Services is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety and well-being in communities.

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  • Have a stable source of income sufficient to meet your family’s needs
  • Ability to provide approved adult supervision for a foster child whenever he or she is in your home
  • Have a bedroom for a foster child (individual or shared with a child of same gender and similar in age)

Foster Parent Referral Program

If you are an AFS Foster Parent or staff member and know someone interested in becoming a foster parent, the AFS Foster Parent Referral Program allows you to earn money while helping foster children and youth work towards a permanent solution.

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.

CONTACT US
(800) 300-1022
rfarecruitment@afs4kids.org
Inquire online by clicking here

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español, favor de llamar a mi compañera al (800) 300-1022