The Foster Parent Role


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 The Resource Parent Role

Being a resource foster family is a special kind of job with many demands and responsibilities. Acceptance, support and nurturing are critical in working with and understanding children who are experiencing conflict and sadness after being taken from their birth families. Foster parenting involves more than just attending to the basic needs of a child. Resource foster families play an important role in working with Health & Human Services staff and birth parents to reunify children with their birth family whenever safely possible. Transportation to parental visitations and medical and court appointments is often required.

You Can Be A Resource Foster Parent If You Are:

  • Single or married
  • Stay-at-home parent(s)
  • Working parent(s) with appropriate child care
  • Healthy and energetic
  • Apartment/Condominium owner or renter
  • Homeowner or renter with adequate room

    Resource Foster Families Have Choices

    Resource foster families make choices regarding the kinds of children (gender, age, ethnicity, background) and length of placements made in their homes. The Department is actively recruiting county licensed foster parents to meet the growing needs of our foster children. There is continuous need for homes to care for and love children who:

  • Need “Emergency” or short term placement – up to 21 days
  • Are Medically fragile or have specialized medical needs
  • Have severe emotional/behavioral challenges
  • Qualify for MTFC (Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care)
  • Are part of large sibling groups
  • Are pregnant or parenting teens
  • Are AB12 youth
  • Are victims of human trafficking
  • Specialized training and support will be provided, as needed

    You Can Afford to be a Resource Foster Family

    Resource foster families should be financially self-sufficient. Monthly payments are provided to resource foster families to help meet a child's needs. Payments assist with costs to feed and clothe foster children, and additional funds may be available for children with special needs. Medical and dental coverage is provided through Medi-Cal.

    Resource Foster Families Get Support

    Being a resource foster parent is a tough job and you are not expected to do it all on your own. There are several resources available to assist resource foster parents through their sometimes trying experiences with foster youth and service providers. Health & Human Services staff, including social workers, licensing personnel, and the resource foster families recruiter/trainer are available to assist and support resource foster parents. A Foster Care Ombudsman aids resource foster parents in resolving problems and concerns.

    The Process

    Families who wish to foster children not related to them must go through a state regulated licensing process administered by Health & Human Services and regulated by California Code of Regulations and the California Health and Safety Codes. The first step is to attend a Health & Human Services foster and adoptions orientation to learn more about our children and the foster home licensing process. After orientation an application must be completed. When the licensing application and requirements are met, licensing generally takes 2 months for completion. The process includes:

  • Attending orientation
  • Completing licensing application
  • Completing first aid and CPR certifications
  • Meeting home licensing certification requirements
  • Completing household fingerprinting
  • Passing child abuse and criminal background screening
  • Meeting health requirements
  • Meeting financial requirements
  • Meeting transportation requirements
  • Completing pre-placement training
  • Meeting annual home license re-certification requirements

    Resource Parent Mentor Program

    During your 1st year of foster parenting, you may be paired with a more experienced foster parent who will offer guidance.

    Resource Family Recruitment and Training

    Resource Family parents are ordinary people who want to provide love, security and nurturing to a child(ren) in need. Out of home care may be necessary for children removed from their own family due to inability or unwillingness to accept services that would keep their child(ren) at home.

    Child Welfare Services has an in-house resource family liaison that actively recruits and trains new/returning resource families and serves as a contact for current foster parents. The resource family liaison works with the Napa County resource families to ensure an open line of communication, and provide support for the resource families.

    Resource Families receive monthly foster care payments to feed, clothe and meet the material needs of child(ren) placed in their care. Medical and dental care is provided for foster children through the Medi-CAL program. Resource Families can be male, female, married or single, in a domestic partnership, retired or employed, and be any age over 18 as long as their health, energy and desire are appropriate.

    Resource Families provide the child(ren) with the physical and emotional care that only a family can provide. At the same time, they must be committed to reunification and work in partnership with the agency, the courts, and the birth parents.

    Online Information is also available here for interested parties to find information about:

  • Training resources for current foster and adoptive parent
  • Links to county information about adoption and becoming a foster parent
  • Links to Recruitment resource websites
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