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Foster Parenting
How to Become a Foster Parent and Resources for Foster Parents
Laurel Crose

P.O. Box 99
Mariposa, CA  95338

Ph: (209) 742-0910
Fx: (209) 966-8251

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Foster Parent information page.  Our mission is to connect foster parents, and potential foster parents, with information, resources, social workers and other foster parents that can be a source of support and encouragement to you.

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 problems are resolved.

Foster parents provide a temporary, safe home for children in crisis. They are part of the child’s support, treatment, and care programs. They are partners of the child’s social worker, attorney, teachers, and doctors. Being a foster parent is not a passive act of opening one’s home and providing food, clothing, and shelter. For some it’s a first step toward adoption.  For others it’s a proactive statement of nurturing, advocacy, and love. But it’s not for everyone.

Children who need foster families have been removed from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and/or safety. Many of these children are filled with fear, anger, confusion, or a sense of powerlessness at having been removed from the only home they have ever known. Many are sibling groups, older children, or young teens. Some have developmental, physical, emotional, or behavioral problems.

They all need loving, safe, supportive environments.

Please click on the following links for more information:

Are You Ready To Become a Foster Parent?

How Do I Become a Foster Parent?

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