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A foster parent is someone that provides a temporary, safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children and helps them reunite with their birth parents or family members.

The role of a foster parent is to provide high quality parenting, consistent with the needs of the child.

Some need the temporary commitment of foster parents until they are able to return to their birth parents. Others need a permanent commitment of adoptive parents who become their forever families.

  • Be at least 23 years old.
  • Have sufficient income to meet your own family’s expenses and financial obligations.
  • Submit to criminal records clearances, including the California Department of Justice and FBI Live Scan and the Child Abuse Index Check.
  • Have adequate space – no more than two children per bedroom.
  • Must be able to provide a suitable, safe, and stable environment.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Complete required training.
  • Meet state regulations.

An adoptive parent is someone that provides a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents.

Yes, children should not have to move from foster home to foster home while in foster care. When children enter foster care they need a foster family who supports the child’s reunification plan with their birth family, but is also prepared to adopt them should they need an adoptive family.

A home study is a written report required by California state law for individuals and couples who wish to adopt. It is an assessment of the prospective adoptive parents’ life histories, family backgrounds and reasons for wanting to adopt a child. It gathers information to ensure that children are placed in safe and stable homes. An adoption home study is an opportunity for families to explore with an experienced adoption worker the lifelong adoption-related issues including the responsibilities of parenting.

Yes, Better Life is licensed to provide domestic home study reports if requested by families.

Adoption is permanent. Adoptive parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities as parents with biological children.

A guardian is someone appointed by the court to care for a child until he or she is 18 years old. A guardian is not a child’s legal parent and may be subject to ongoing supervision of the court. Guardianship does not give all the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent to the guardian the way adoption does to an adoptive parent. The court can make a decision about guardianship whether or not the guardian agrees.

Kinship care is when an adult provides custodial care for a related minor child or youth. The adult may be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older adult sibling, or other relatives; or the adult may be someone unrelated to the child who has a relationship connection with the child.