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Family, Youth and Children’s Services,
1202 Apollo Way,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403


To ensure that you and your home are properly prepared for fostering a child, the state of California requires that homes be licensed to do foster care. Sonoma County Social Workers will help guide you through the process.

  1. Call the Foster Home Developer, at (707) 565-4274. They can send you more information and answer your questions.

  2. Attend a Foster Parent Information Meeting (Orientation). You will receive basic information on foster care, the licensing process will be fully explained, and you will be given application forms.Child holding two adults hands walking away

  3. Please RSVP to Foster Home Developer at (707) 565-4274 if you wish to attend. We regret that we cannot provide child care, however teenagers are welcome to come and learn about becoming a foster family. (link: Foster Parent Information Meetings Dates and Times.)

  4. Attend Partnerships in Parenting (PIP) classes. In this free nine-class series you will learn about parenting another person’s child, especially those who have been neglected or abused. You will also learn about the children’s birth families and the court process. The classes will help you decide if foster parenting is right for your family.

  5. Obtain CPR and First Aid certificates.

  6. Obtain a health screening and recent TB test.

  7. File your application and be fingerprinted. There are no fees for this. Licensing usually takes two to four months from this time. A social worker will discuss your home visit and arrange a time with you. Your home will be checked for safety, comfort and adequate bedroom space.

  8. You will be interviewed to assist in matching a child with your family.

  9. When all requirements are met, you will be licensed for foster care.

  10. Congratulations! You are now eligible to be matched with a child in need of a safe, stable, and loving family!