We Need Loving Homes for Children
As of May 12, 2014, 1,086 Santa Clara County children ages 0 to 17 were living in out-of-home placement because their own families were unable to safely care for them. An additional 217 youth ages 18 to 21 were also in out of home care as a result of the recent legislative changes (AB12) allowing older youth to remain in care. For those aged 0 to 17, 48% were placed with relatives, 12% were in group homes working towards again living with a family in the community, and 37% or nearly 397 children were with foster families.
In 2014, foster children and youth in Santa Clara County come from the following diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds:
- 61% Latino
- 16% White
- 13% African American
- 7% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 3% American Indian
Foster Homes are particularly needed for sibling groups, pre-teens and teenagers, and children with special medical, emotional, developmental and educational needs.
Foster parents receive:
- 27 hours of thorough PRIDE training
- Monthly financial assistance for each child they foster
- Medi-Cal health insurance for each child
- Advocacy and support services
Prospective parents can be single, two-parent, or same gender families of all ethnicities and income levels. The licensing process usually takes three to four months and involves an application, training workshops and certification in first aid and CPR. If you are interested in sharing your home with a child in need, please call 408.299.KIDS (5437).