Santa Cruz County Foster Care and Adoption

Become a Resource Parent in Santa Cruz County

Step 1: Attend an Orientation

The orientations provide an overview of the entire Child Welfare process and an opportunity to meet with Social Workers and other resource parents.

Step 2: Complete the Application Process

To receive a Resource Family Approval Application after attending an Orientation, call (831) 345-2700 or e-mail us. A Resource Family Approval Social Worker can meet with you to complete the paperwork.

  1. Complete a Resource Family Approval Application within 5 days of having a child placed with you
  2. Provide a written emergency plan of evacuation for you home
  3. Complete Live Scan Fingerprinting, in our offices and free of charge
  4. Participate in criminal background checks
  5. Pass a home inspection conducted by a Resource Family Approval Social Worker
  6. Submit DMV records
  7. Complete a County approved CPR/First Aid class
  8. Participate in a physical exam and get cleared by a medical doctor
  9. All adults living in your home must take a TB test
  10. Establish proof of residency within Santa Cruz County
  11. Engage in a comprehensive permanency assessment
  12. Provide three character references
  13. Complete twelve hours of training

Step 3: Attend the Appropriate Training

The 12-hour Fostering Foundations training is offered on Thursday evenings at Cabrillo College and is free of charge.  This training is offered on an ongoing basis. Your Resource Family Approval Social Worker can sign you up.