All children need and deserve a safe, loving, nurturing, accepting and consistent place to live where they can thrive and mature. A Resource Family provides a home for a child to do just that.
What is a Resource Family?
A Resource Family is any individual, couple, or family who wants to provide care to a related or unrelated child (or children) who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department.
The RFA Program also allows for emergency placements with relatives and non-related extended family members (NREFM).
The Resource Family Approval Process
The Resource Family Approval Program (RFA) is the state program now implemented by Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services, which oversees resource families who are approved to provide care and supervision for children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Resource Family Homes are required to comply with the California Department of Children’s Services Written Directives for the Resource Family Approval Program.
The Resource Family Approval Program is a streamlined, family-friendly and child-centered process. Once approved, Resource Families may be considered for foster care, guardianship and adoption placements, depending on the Resource Family’s goals.