How do I become a Kinship Caregiver?
The first step in becoming a kinship caregiver is to attend an orientation meeting. The orientation provides you with an overview of the child welfare system and gives you a chance to have your questions answered by child welfare staff. Active foster and adoptive parents will also be available to respond to questions. Application packets are distributed at the orientation meetings.
For more information about meeting dates and locations, call (831) 345-2700.
Foster Care Licensing Process
If you decide that you would like to become a licensed foster parent, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Complete an application
- Meet with a licensing social worker in your home
- Receive fingerprint clearance
- Complete training requirements
Parent Resources for Information Development and Education (PRIDE) Training
Parent Resources for Information Development and Education (PRIDE) training is provided free of cost and all prospective foster parents and adoptive parents must complete the 27 hours of training.
Successfully Parenting At Risk Kids (SPARK) Training
If you want to care for children under the age of 5 years who have been exposed either to drugs or alcohol (which a lot of children in our system are) you must also attend Successfully Parenting At Risk Kids (SPARK) classes. These are also free and total 20 hours.