Foster Care FAQ


Here is a list of frequently asked questions. For any additional inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Q: What area do you serve for foster care?
Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency serves Los Angeles County for Foster Care.
Q: Must I live in a house to be a foster parent?
No, you may live in a house or in an apartment as long as you have the necessary space to accommodate a child.
Q: How long does it take to become certified as a foster parent?
It usually takes about three months. This largely depends on how long it takes for you to submit your application and have your fingerprints taken and cleared and be available for your home study.
Q: Do I need special training?
Yes, twenty-four hours of foster parent training are required before your initial certification.  The training is provided by our agency. You will also need to become CPR and First Aid certified and maintain certification.
Q: Are there vehicle requirements?
Yes, you must show us that the vehicle you will be using to transport the children is large enough to accommodate your enlarged family and that it is insured and the person(s) who will be driving has a current license and a clean driving record.
Q: Will a social worker be assigned to assist?
Yes, our agency will assign a social worker, who will visit weekly for at least the first three months that a child is placed in your home and then reassess the need for weekly visits. Two visits a month will always occur with you, in your home, while the child is a foster child in your home. The social worker will help you manage the needs of the child, and provide necessary assistance to you, the child, and when appropriate, the birth family.
Q: What happens if I have a problem during the evening or on the weekend?
We have a 24-hour per day response system. Call our office, leave a message and someone will return your call within two hours.
Q: Will the child’s birth family be visiting or phoning?
The birth family has the right to see/contact the children under conditions set by the Children’s Dependency Court. We can arrange visits here at our office or at a neutral location.
Q: Am I free to discipline the children as I see fit?
No, there are strict disciplinary guidelines. Among them are that no physical punishment, such as hitting, slapping, or shoving is permitted and no withholding of the necessities of life, e.g. food, clothing, are allowed.
Q: How long does a child usually remain in placement?
Each child’s situation is different and the Court makes the decisions.
Q: Will I receive any type of payment for the care of a child in my home?
Yes, foster parents receive a tax free, monthly reimbursement depending on the age of the child. The County issues a Medi-Cal card which allows for free medical and dental care, as well as some counseling services. A clothing grant is provided for children each year. A special fund for recreational and educational enrichment programs is provided by Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency.
Q: What is the maximum number of children allowed in a home?
The maximum number of children allowed in a home is six, including minor birth children.
Q: How many children may sleep in one bedroom?
Two children of the same sex may share a room. Exceptions are: 1) children of the opposite sex who are under the age of five; and 2) a teenage mother with her own child.
Q: May I specify the ages and sex of the children who are placed in my home?
Yes, it is important that the age and sex of the children placed in your home fit in well with your family.
Q: What are the costs in becoming a Foster Parent?
There is no charge to attend the orientation and training for foster care and adoption. Now that all applicants must qualify to be both foster and adoptive parents, its necessary to:
  • obtain 3 criminal record clearances for the applicant and co-applicants
  • obtain 1 criminal record clearance for all other adults in the home
  • become First Aid & CPR Certified
  • health screening and TB tests for each adult in the home
  • consider the cost of the homestudy
  • DMV Printout
  • Application and materials fee