Frequently Asked Questions
Caring for foster children is a challenging and rewarding experience and affects every hour of your life. Selecting a foster family agency is selecting a team that will offer you support, guidance, and encouragement. We recognize that as a potential foster parent you have options as to the agency with which you associate and you will probably be researching each of them in your area. Family Solutions will work with you to not only ensure that you have all it takes to become a foster family, but that we are the best fit for you!
We like to start our new foster parents out slowly. A limit of two children per bedroom is traditionally enforced. The amount of space you have in your home and your experience will determine the number of children for which your home can be approved. Family Solutions always honors your request as to the number of foster children you want to have in your home.
Each situation is different. When a child is removed from a home the first job of Children’s Services Division (CSD) is to try to find an appropriate relative placement. If a relative home is found, the child would only stay in your home for a short time. If the judge offers reunification services to the parents, the child may stay somewhere between 6 and 18 months. An average stay is 9 months.
All foster children have Medi-Cal insurance, which allows them to see doctors, dentists, and receive prescriptions through county funding.
Yes, Foster Parents are asked to provide transportation to the doctor, dentist, therapist, school, court, visitations, and religious services. If extenuating circumstances occur, an agency employee will help arrange alternative transportation.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need assistance during those hours, simply phone the office. Calls can be forwarded to staff in the field, so you are never out of communication with your Social Worker. However, when you can’t get ahold of us at the office, we have an emergency cell phone that is on one of our social workers 24-hours a day 365 days a year. We are always here for you!