The mission of the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division is to recruit, study, prepare and support foster and adoptive families who can provide healthy, stable, loving temporary and permanent homes to children that can not safely live with their birth parents. We welcome and need all capable families ...... READ MORE
Los Angeles County
Department of Children and Family Services
425 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90220
Who are the Children That Need Permanent and Temporary Homes?
Thank you for considering becoming a foster or adoptive parent. It can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do!
Currently there are thousands of children in Los Angeles County being served by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who cannot safely live with their own families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need to be with a safe, stable, and loving family sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently.
We service all children and many are African-American and Latino, a member of a sibling group, may have special medical, emotional, or educational needs. They are also wonderful children who could thrive in a loving home.
What is a Foster Parent?
A Foster Parent is someone that provides a temporary, safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children and helps them reunite with their birth parents or family member when the family problems have been resolved.
What is an Adoptive Parent?
An Adoptive Parent is someone that provides a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents or relatives.
Can I be both a Foster Parent and an Adoptive Parent?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we are in the greatest need of Resource Parents, that is, parents who are able to provide foster care and help birth parents reunite, but if the children cannot safely return to their family, Resource Parents can provide permanent adoptive homes for the children.
How Do I Know What Type of Family I Should Be?
The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. Our classes and family assessments are conducted by friendly, experienced social workers that will work with you in determining the types of children you can best parent.
Who Can Become a Foster, Adoptive, or Resource Parent?
Becoming a Resource Parent (Foster and/or Adoptive Parent) requires flexibility, a good sense of humor, a willingness to grow and learn, but most of all a commitment to provide a safe, stable, nurturing, and loving home for a child.
This is a Big Responsibility! What Type of Help is There for Me?
- You can be single, married, divorced, or living with a partner. Further, you can live in an apartment or house and either rent or own.
- There is no minimum income, as long as you can support yourself and provide a safe and stable home for yourself and your child.
- You can still work. For working parents, appropriate childcare arrangements need to be made.
- You can be of any race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or culture
- You may reside anywhere to adopt a child from Los Angeles County. If you do reside in Los Angeles we offer classes throughout the county and a full Family Assessment at no cost to you regardless of whether you chose to foster or adopt.
Your social worker will prepare, train, and support you through this process and provide you with any community resources that you might need. If you choose to adopt a child, post adoptive services are available to all adoptive families.
Financial and Medical Assistance
Whether you foster or adopt, the child you care for will receive medical and dental coverage. Further, you will receive monthly financial support until the child is 18 and sometimes longer. If a child has special mental health and/or medical needs, increased foster care and adoption assistance payments are available. Extended Foster Care and Extended Adoption Assistance is available up to age 21, if a young adult who was in foster care or adopted meets very basic qualifications.
Anything Else I Should Know?
There is no fee to become a Resource Parent (Foster and/or Adoptive Parent). With a completed application, it takes from 4-6 months to go through the process; but remember everyone’s situation is different and therefore timeframes will vary. Once you are approved to have a child in your home, the type of child that you want to parent will affect how quickly a child can be placed with you. With a completed application, it can take as little as 4 months to go through the process, which includes the 6-week class.
This Sounds Great! How Can I Learn More?
You are invited to come to one of our orientations that are offered throughout the county to get an overview and have all your questions answered. To register to attend an orientation, please call 1 (888) 811-1121 or Click here to download our brochure.
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