If you live in Yolo County and you are open to both adopting and fostering…
Creating or expanding your family through adoption is an enriching and rewarding experience. Each year, families from all walks of life adopt through our Agency.
It is important to remember that the Goal of Child Welfare is the reunification of the family unit, which studies have shown is often the best outcome for the child’s development and well-being. In most cases, children that are removed from their homes are able to reunite with their parents once stability is restored within their home.
However, there are many situations when adoption is not only possible, but necessary. In times like these, we need resource parents like you to provide a permanent, safe home for a child.
A foster child doesn’t stop having needs simply as the result of leaving foster care via adoption. As such, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Adoption Assistance Program (See under Information: Financial Assistance and Level of Care to facilitate providing for the needs of the child after the adoption.
What is an adoptive parent?
An Adoptive Parent is someone that provides a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents or relatives.
Can I be both a foster parent and an adoptive parent?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we are in the greatest need of Resource Parents, that is, parents who are able to provide foster care and help birth parents reunite, but if the children cannot safely return to their family, Resource Parents can provide permanent adoptive homes for the children.
How do I know what type of family I should be?
The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. Our classes and family assessments are conducted by friendly, experienced social workers that will work with you in determining the types of children you can best parent.
What is the cost of adopting a child from foster care?
You do not pay for completion of the approval process with Yolo County. The process should be free, except potential expense for medical screenings. Your RFA social worker can help you identify low cost or free options for medical screenings that are required for medical clearances.