How do I
First, you must attend an Orientation Meeting. Call
1-800-722-4477 to find out dates and locations. The
application process will be explained in more detail at
will I be paid?
You, as a foster parent, you do not get paid. For each
foster child placed in your home, you will receive a
foster care reimbursement to be used for the care,
clothing and feeding of the foster child. The basic
foster care rates currently range from $446 to $ 667 per
month, depending on the age of the child. For children
who have special requirements, there is a specialized
care increment, $84.00 or $169.00 per month,
determined by the child’s social worker.
children can I have?
The number of foster children that can be placed in a
foster home varies depending on the size and capacity of
the home. California State Licensing Regulations set an
absolute limit of six foster children in a foster home,
with no more that two children per bedroom.
will I get placement?
It is difficult to say when you will get your first
placement. Generally speaking, once you complete the
licensing process and receive your license, social
workers will begin calling you to place a child.
What are the
age requirements to be a foster parent?
California State Licensing Regulations require an
applicant to be an adult who is at least 18 years of
age. However, this is only one factor to be considered.
We are also looking for a solid background in parenting
children. Such a background is seldom, if ever, present
in young adults. As a rule of thumb, we look for people
who have attained at least ten years of adulthood.
Do I have to
be married? My boyfriend and I live together; is that
We are looking for a stable family-type setting in which
to place foster children. This can be a single parent,
married couple, or an unmarried couple with a stable
Do I have to
have a job?
You must have some way to support your family.
California State Regulations require that foster
families must be able to meet all their family’s
financial needs. AFDC/Foster Care cannot be used as
income for this purpose.
Can I work
full time and have foster children?
You may work full time and have foster children.
However, foster parents who work full time usually are
not available when social workers need to place children
in foster homes; and, full time employment restricts the
time foster parents are available to foster children for
whom they provide care. Infants and toddlers need the
full time care provided by an at-home mother.
What kind of
children are foster children?
These are children who may be severely neglected,
suffering from physical or sexual abuse and may have
emotional problems related to their experiences. The
children’s behavior may not be appropriate to their
ages. Regardless of the physical and emotional problems
with which these children must deal, they all need a
safe, nurturing home environment.
Do I need to
have a car? Telephone? Extra bedroom?
You must have a telephone and be able to provide
transportation. Each foster child must have his or own
bed and may share a bedroom with only one other child.
When sharing a bedroom, children over the age of five
must be of the same gender.
For more information about Foster Parenting call:
909-891-3300 or 1-800-722-4477
or write to:
County Foster Care
412 West Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415