Saturday, October 10, 2015


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. Upcoming orientation dates and locations are as follows: 

  • September 2nd, October 7th, November 4th and December 2nd from 6-8 pm at the Live Oak Family Resource Center 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062.(English)
  • September 18th from 6:15-8:15 pm County Office of Education, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060 (English and Spanish)
  •  September 23rd from 6-8 pm La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main Street Suite Y, Watsonville CA 95076 (Spanish).

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

The next Fostering Foundations classes will start:

  •  September 10th (Thursdays)
  •  October 2nd (weekends)

Contact Us

For questions about foster care or adoption call Consuelo Chavarria, Foster Parent Recruiter