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Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent

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Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent
Published on: 2/1/2012 12:00 AM
 
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There are thousands of children in California's foster care system who require temporary out-of-home care because of neglect, abuse or exploitation. The preferred placement of children who require out-of-home care is with relatives. If a home with relatives is not a possibility, foster parents and other caretakers provide a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family concerns are resolved. In most cases, the foster parents and care providers work with social services staff to reunify the child with the birth parents. Foster parents often provide care to many different children.
 
A license or certification is required to operate a foster home. The process requires a licensing worker to visit your home and meet with you and other family members. Minimum personal, safety and space requirements are required by law. Foster parents work with social services staff to decide the type of child best suited for their home.
 
Sometimes children may require more intensive structured care. These children may be placed in licensed community care facilities that may be anywhere from six beds to much larger institutions. These group homes offer individualized treatment for children who require a more structured setting.
 
In addition to children placed in foster family homes and group homes, foster family agencies provide another placement resource. Agencies are licensed to provide certified family homes for children who require more services than are provided in foster family homes, yet these homes are less structured than group homes.  
 
For More Information:
Nevada County Child Protective Services (CPS) does not operate our own adoptions department, but works closely with CA State Adoptions and Sierra Forever Families. CPS also works closely with Foster Family Agencies.   E-mail us for more information or to become a foster parent.  Further information is available below: 
 
Local Foster Family Agencies
County placement agencies use licensed private Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) for the placement of children who require more intensive care as an alternative to group homes. By statute, FFAs are organized and operated on a non-profit basis and are engaged in the following activities: recruiting, certifying, and training foster parents, providing professional support to foster parents, and finding homes or other temporary or permanent placements for children who require more intensive care.
 
Foster Family Agencies used in Nevada County include: 

Sierra Forever Families

Sierra Forever Families is a private, non-profit agency that focuses on finding and nurturing permanent homes for children.  At Sierra, there is no charge to adopt a child waiting in long-term foster care. Placement services include family recruitment, matching of children with families, home study preparation, and parent training classes. 
 
Nevada County Foster Youth Services provides students in out-of-home placements with the resources needed to achieve their maximum educational and vocational potential and well-being through a holistic, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. The Nevada County Foster Kinship Care Education Program offers quality education and support opportunities for caregivers of children and youth in foster care to learn how they can meet their children's educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs.
 
 
Margaret Duffy
Child Protective Services Program Manager
Child Protective Services

208 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, Ca 95945
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.273.4291
dss@co.nevada.ca.us