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Adoption and Foster Parenting

photoIf you are reading this web page, it can only mean one thing...you are thinking about becoming an Alameda County foster or adoptive parent.

If you choose to become a foster or adoptive parent, you will embark on one of the most fulfilling relationships with a child. Foster and adoptive parents provide children with loving homes and families at a time in their lives when they most need unconditional love. Foster and adoptive parents have often been referred to as society's unsung heroes; they go about transforming children's lives with no fanfare and minimal recognition.

Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a lifelong commitment. See 25 things a permanent connection can mean/Top 10 reasons to adopt a teenager.  The Alameda County Social Services Agency Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is committed to providing foster and adoptive parents with the resources and training needed. DCFS understands the need for comprehensive training and ongoing support for foster and adoptive parents transitioning abused and neglected children into a new home environment. DCFS provides new foster and adoptive parents with 24 total hours of Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) training, exploring issues and topics relevant to providing safety, permanence and well-being for children and youth in foster care.

Click here to view the Resource Parent Introductory Handbook for more information.

Click here to view the Department's policy on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 

There are only eight simple steps on the pathway to becoming a foster or adoptive parent:

  1. You've made the decision that you want to explore becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
  2. Attend a foster or adoptive parent orientation.
  3. Participate in an in-home prospective foster or adoptive parent consultation.
  4. Participate in a one to two hour State regulations training.
  5. Complete the PRIDE foster/adoptive parent training class.
  6. Complete and pass a background check.
  7. Receive a foster care license.
  8. Complete and receive an approved adoption homestudy (for those interested in adoption).

Once you become licensed, we provide ongoing support by way of support groups, specialized training classes given by DCFS and its community partners, and opportunities for membership in the Alameda County Foster Parent Association

For additional information on foster parenting or adoption, call our information hotline at 510.259.3575 for further information. You can also fill out our contact form, and someone will get back to you.