Before you become a foster or adoptive parent, there are a few basic requirements that you need to fulfill:

  • You must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Your family must be stable and everyone must be interested in caring for a foster child.
  • No one in your home, or caring for the child may have a criminal record.
  • Your income must be equal to, or exceed, your expenses.
  • The health of your family members must allow for the care of normally active youngsters.
  • Your home must be suitably equipped, safe and clean and have sufficient space to accommodate additional children.
  • Safe, insured transportation must be available and drivers must have currently valid California drivers’ licenses and clean driving record.
  • You must be open to a team approach for the care of the placed children, cooperating fully with Agency personnel and birth families.
  • You must complete the entire application process, including 24 hours of pre-certification training, nine additional hours of training during the first year following certification and 15 hours each year thereafter.
  • You must agree to comply with all Title XXII, State, County and SCFFAA regulations.