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What is a Resource Parent/Family?

Being a Resource Family can be both rewarding and challenging. A Resource Family, also called a foster or adoptive family, is a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a caregiver provides safe, stable care for a child or children whose birthparent is unable to.  

Who can become a Resource Parent/Family?  

Resource Families include relatives, extended family members, and non-relatives. A resource family or parent can be single, married, divorced, or living with a partner and be of any race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or culture. In order to be eligible to foster or adopt through DCFS, you must be a Los Angeles County resident, at least 18 years of age, and you must complete the Resource Family approval process. Immigration status alone is not a barrier to becoming a Resoruce Family. You can also choose to foster or adopt through a Foster Family Agency.

Is there an income level you need to meet?  

There is no minimum income and potential Resource Parents/Families can live in an apartment or house you either rent or own, so long as you are able to care for a child.

Do I have to be a stay-at-home parent to be a Resource Parent/Family?  

DCFS welcomes all working parents and can help secure appropriate child care.

What are my responsibilities as a Resource Parent/Family?  

Becoming a resource parent requires flexibility, a willingness to grow and learn – but most of all a commitment to provide a safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children. Many resource parents find it rewarding to help a young person during a time of need. Resource Families ensure that the children in their care make it to court proceedings, have visitation days with their biological parents and other relatives, receive an education, and necessary medical care. Your child’s social worker will walk you through this to ensure you are well informed and prepared for this important role,  

What is the process to become a Resource Parent/Family?  

Anyone who wants to foster or adopt a child in Los Angeles County must complete the Resource Family approval process at or by calling (888) 811-1121.

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