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Los Angeles County
Department of Children and Family Services
425 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90220

http://www.ShareYourHeartLA.org
 

Steps to Apply to Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent


Step 1-Attend an Orientation
DCFS conducts orientation meetings for prospective foster and adoptive parents (resource parents).  These meetings will acquaint the resource parents with our foster care and adoption process and help the families learn more about the children.  Families adopting a relative or foster child in their care are not required to attend these meetings.  To register for an orientation meeting, families should call (888) 811-1121.  Please note that the attendance of an orientation is a requirement to start the application process.

Step 2-Obtain Foster Care License from the State
Potential foster and adoptive parents will need to obtain a foster care license to provide care for a child not related to them.  Prospective caregivers must apply with the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division.  All foster homes are required to meet health and safety standards in order to become licensed.  This includes an assessment of the caregiver’s suitability; criminal record and child abuse clearances; and a complete in-home inspection of the home’s safety.  Information regarding the CCL licensing process will be provided in detail at the orientation meetings, as well as the application forms.

If you are a foster parent certified with an agency and are interested in becoming licensed by the State please be aware that you are required to attend the Permanency and Safety: Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (PS-MAPP) classes. In addition the State will require you to decertify from your agency. If you have children in the home this could affect their placement. Please speak to the social worker co-leading the PS-MAPP class you attend about the specifics of your situation prior to decertifying from your agency.

Step 3-Attend PS-MAPP Training     
Prospective foster and adoptive parents are required to attend 33 hours in six consecutive weeks of the PS-MAPP training to begin the family assessment (home study) process.  The PS-MAPP is an interactive group process that helps prospective caregivers learn if foster care or adoption is the right choice for them.  The PS-MAPP program requires a six-week commitment (twice weekly or one Saturday for six consecutive weeks).  Each meeting is three hours in length and is co-lead by a DCFS social worker, a contracted trainer, and a foster or adoptive parent. 

Step 4- Complete Family Assesment/Home Study
During the six-week PS-MAPP training, all of the necessary paperwork and documents must be submitted to the DCFS social worker by the prospective caregivers.  The social worker will also meet separately in the family’s home to have individual interviews and gather required information.  The purpose of this assessment is to discuss the family’s personal history, interests and lifestyles, childcare experiences, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children’s needs. 

Step 5-Approval of Home for Placement
After the family assessment/home study is completed, the social worker will advise the prospective caregiver in writing that our agency believes that the family is able to meet the needs of the child and that the family has been approved as a resource parent.

Resource parents are foster parents and prospective adoptive parents at the same time.  Resource (foster) parents provide love and ongoing care to children who are not able to live with their birth families.  These are children whom the court may legally free for adoption.  Children in this program are foster children at the time of placement.  Resource parents will be asked to cooperate with the reunification plan that may include visits between the birth parents and the child.  These visits may take place either in or out of the resource parent’s home.  If reunification with the birth family does not occur, the resource parents may then decide whether to pursue adoption.  

Resource (adoptive) parents who are willing to accept the placement of a waiting child, who already has a plan for adoption, will be referred to the Placements Recruitment Unit to be matched with a child.  As soon as the family has been identified to be able to meet a particular child’s needs, a meeting is scheduled so that the family can learn more about the child.  The family receives information about the child’s medical status, birth history, previous/current placements, etc. from the child’s social worker.  If what the family learns is acceptable and they want to pursue the adoption of the child, a date to meet the child is arranged.  If after a number of visits the family and the child are comfortable with each other, the child may move into their home on an adoptive or fost/adopt basis. 

To support the care of your family, community resources, newsletters, information on support groups and any other relevant information will be provided to you.