Resource / Foster & Adoptive Parent Inquiry Form

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in learning about becoming a resource parent (foster parent) in Northern California.


Orientations in are currently held via ZOOM every Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm. Call (800)300-1022 to reserve a spot in an orientation. Available in English and Spanish.

Emergency Shelter Homes in San Francisco - urgent

AFS is currently in need of Emergency Shelter Homes (English and Spanish speaking) in San Francisco and surrounding counties. We know children separated from their families do better when placed in a family setting, lessening the trauma they experience by losing everything familiar to them. If you are able to provide temporary placements for children and teens until a more stable, permanent placement option is established, please call or email 800-300-1022,

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    Which of the following interests you? Check all that apply.
    Resource Parents (RP)
    Resource parents are individuals and families who open their hearts and homes to a child, teen or siblings. All AFS RPs receive comprehensive pre-service training and 24/7 support throughout their foster care service. Resource parents receive a stipend to supplement the cost of caring for foster youth.

    Intensive Service Foster Care (ISFC) Caregiver
    ISFC caregivers are individuals and families who care for a child or youth who require intensive treatment for behavioral and specialized health needs. Specifically, the ISFC program is intended to stabilize young people in foster care with the services they need in a family setting and reduce placement in congregate care and residential programs. These caregivers undergo our most comprehensive training and additional staff support in addition to receiving a higher stipend to supplement care and housing needs.

    Family Alternative for Children with Developmental Disabilities (FACDD)
    If you decide to open your heart and home to a child with special needs, know that you will not be alone in this incredible journey. For some, the path to fostering or adopting a child with special needs is clearly defined, for others the journey can start on one path and end up somewhere entirely different - perhaps even better than you imagined. Although children with special needs may require additional appointments, therapy, equipment or medication, there are numerous services and supports available to help assure the needs of the children can be met so families can focus on caring for the child.

    SF Emergency Placement Caregivers
    San Francisco County ONLY. Emergency placement caregivers are individuals and families who are available 24/7 for emergency short-term foster care for children who need immediate care until a longer term placement can be identified. Caregivers are ISFC trained, have a full time parent in the home, a bedroom reserved for placements and receive a higher stipend to supplement care and housing needs.

    There is a special need for resource and adoptive parents for these next two types of youth:
    Are you willing to foster or adopt siblings?

    Are you willing to foster or adopt children over ten years old?

    Any questions we can help answer for you?

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