Becoming a Resource Parent

Becoming a Resource Parent

Resource parents are loving, caring and committed individuals who provide a safe, stable home for children who are temporarily removed from the custody of their biological care-giving homes. They work as part of a team to reunify a child with his/her biological parent(s) or relative(s) if possible. Resource parents provide the support necessary to help a child deal with any issue they may be experiencing.

Resource Parent Benefits

  • Monthly tax-free compensation
  • Agency-paid background check (nominal rolling fee is charged to applicant)
  • Agency-paid First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Free initial Resource Family training (refreshments & lunch provided)
  • Ongoing training provided by a Masters Level Social Worker and specialized for each Resource Family


Any individual, regardless of marital status, can apply to become a Resource Parent. California Foster Families requires individuals to be at least 21 years of age, have a clean background check, be able to complete the required trainings, and provide a clean, safe and nurturing living environment.

Approval Process and Requirements

  • Resource Parent Referral Form
  • Initial Application Meeting (1 hour of training)
  • Eligibility Meeting (1 hour of training)
  • Initial Home Inspection and Policy and Procedures Review (2 hours of training)
  • Final Home Inspection (1 hour of training)
  • Pre-Approval Training (8 hours of RFA Orientation Class)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification

If you are interested in becoming a resource parent, download the form below and return to Kanara Younan at

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