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Become a Resource Family for Our Local Foster Children

Published on: 2/16/2018 4:43 PM

For more information about becoming a Res​ource Family, please call (408) 299-KIDS (5437)

Your home could change the life of a child.

Welcome to Santa Clara County Resource Family Approval Program – A family-centered, neighborhood-based approach with the primary goal of improving the lives of children and families in our communities.

What is Resource Family Approval?

Resource Family Approval (RFA) is a new family-friendly and child-centered caregiver approval process that combines elements of the previous foster parent licensing, relative approval and approvals for adoption and guardianship. The new RFA process is a more streamlined and seamless approach to permanency and better prepares families to meet the needs of vulnerable children in the foster care system while they are awaiting family reunification and/or adoption. Resource Families provide a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth/legal parents. Resource Families provide parental care, guidance and stability until the birth family’s issues are resolved and children can return home safely.


STEP 1: Informational Meeting

The Informational Meeting is a required first step in the Resource Family approval process and will help you determine if becoming a Resource Parent is right for you and your family. At the meeting, resource family recruiters provide an overview of the process, the children in our child welfare system, resource family types, expectations and specific information about the approval process. Informational Meetings take approximately one hour and are offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

At the Informational Meeting:

  • You will learn more about the journey of becoming a resource parent.
  • You will learn about next steps in the approval process.
  • When complete, you do not have to make a final decision about participating.

Informational Meeting Schedule & Locations:

  Dates | Language Time Location

  February 22nd, 2018 5:45pm-6:45pm Evergreen Branch Library
2635 Aborn Road (Study Room B)
San Jose, CA 95121
  February 24th, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm Dr. Roberto Cruz-
Alum Rock Branch Library
3090 Alum Rock Ave.
(Community Room)
San Jose, CA 95127
  February 26th, 2018 5:45pm-6:45pm Saratoga Branch Library
13650 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
  February 27th, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm Department of Family and Children's Services
373 W. Julian Street
San Jose, CA 95110
  February 27th, 2018 5:30pm-6:30pm Gilroy Family Resource Center (2nd Floor, Gavilan Room)
379 Tomkins Court
Gilroy, CA 95020
  February 27th, 2018 | SPANISH 6:30pm-7:30pm Gilroy Family Resource Center (2nd Floor, Gavilan Room)
379 Tomkins Court
Gilroy, CA 95020

Call (408) 299-KIDS (5437) to Register – RFA Informational Meeting ​


STEP 2: Pre-Approval Training

Once you decide to participate, prospective Resource Families work with a dedicated recruiter to support them as they navigate the approval process. Families are required to complete 27 hours of pre-approval training related to becoming a resource family. The curriculum is prepared and facilitated by the Foster Kinship Care Education programs of West Valley and Evergreen Valley Colleges. The curriculum is inclusive of the Trauma Informed Parenting (TIP) from the National Child Trauma Stress Network. *Child care is available at training sessions.

Curriculum covers the knowledge and information you will need to become a Resource Family and care for foster children:

  • Safety, security and nurturance for children in care.
  • Understand and address the effects of trauma on a child.
  • Support a child’s development and culture needs.
  • Work in partnership with DFCS and other professionals.

Click here for more information about RFA Requirements.