Friday, July 25, 2014


Foster Care and Adoptions Programs are part of Family and Children's Services, a division of the Human Services Department, County of Santa Cruz.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us soon.

Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent to a child in need.  In Santa Cruz County, more than 250 children live in foster homes because their familes are unable to care and protect them.

A Child In Need

You can help by providing a stable foster home, or permanent adoptive home for a child in need. Training is available.  We especially need homes for teens and sibling groups.

Four Ways to Change a Life

  1. Be a Foster Parent to a child in need.
  2. Be an Adoptive Parent and provide a permanent home to a foster child.
  3. Be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child's interests inside and outside of the courtroom. Call (831) 761-2956.
  4. Be a Donor, make a monetary donation to the Youth Resource Bank by calling (831) 689-9609. Or join the Foster Parent Association, call (831) 426-9673.


The first step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent is to attend our orientation.  We aren't having any formal orientations during June and July, but contact Foster Parent Recruiter Anastasia Torres-Gil and she'll be glad to talk with you, help you with your application and get you set for the second step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent -- attending our 15 hour PRIDE training that begins on September 11.

Contact Us

Anastasia Torres-Gil, Foster Parent Recruiter