Thursday, August 25, 2016


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

Foster Care is an important safety net service for approximately 300 children each day in Santa Cruz County

Foster Services of Santa Cruz County connects loving families with in-need children throughout Santa Cruz County.

A Child In Need

Foster Care provides a temporary safe haven for youth who cannot stay in their homes because of abuse, neglect or their parents' inability to provide adequate care. Foster children can be any age and from any background: babies, teens, siblings, special-needs children.

Four Ways to Change A Life

  1. Be a Foster Parent to a child in need.
  2. Be an Adoptive Parent.  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 Supporter.  Make a monetary donation to the Youth Resource Bank by calling (831) 689-9609.


The first step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent is to attend an orientation at the Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA  95062.  Upcoming orientation dates are: 

  • May 4th
  • June 1st
  • August 3rd

If you have any questions, need help completing your application, or are ready to enroll in the Fostering Foundations 15-hour training, please contact us at (831) 345-2700.  

There are two series of Fostering Foundations classes starting in the near future:

  • Weekend classes begin Friday, March 11th
  • Weeknight classes begin Thursday, April 3rd