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Foster Parent, Caregiver, and Foster Home Information

Becoming a Foster Parent
In Humboldt County, there are currently two ways to become a foster parent. You can be licensed by the county, after participating in screening and training. Foster parents licensed by the county may serve as foster parents for children in either the child welfare or juvenile probation systems.

    Contact: (707) 441-5013 Child Welfare
    (707) 476-1284 Juvenile Probation

Or you can be trained and screened by a Foster Family Agency (FFA), who will extend their license to you. FFAs have staff social workers who work with foster families, in addition to the county social worker who will be assigned to work with the child(ren) placed in your foster home. There are currently two active FFA's in Humboldt County
Contact:
Environmental Alternatives foster family agency (707) 443-7370 (Local Office)
Enriching Lives foster family agency and an Adult Family Home Agency (707) 268-8891

Becoming an Adoptive Parent for a Child in Foster Care
To find out more about becoming a potential adoptive parent for a child or youth in foster care, please contact:
State Adoptions (707) 268-2767 (Local Office)

Guidelines for Foster Homes
All homes where children in foster care are placed must meet licensing standards. To view a checklist of these standards, and for local contact information to discuss licensing concerns and report violoations, please visit: Foster Home Licensing In addition, children and youth living in foster care, or other out of home care where they have been placed by the county, have specific rights. You can review these rights at Rights of Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care. Rights violations are a licensing concern, and can be reported to local licensing agencies as well as the California Foster Care Ombudsman.

Some Resources for Foster and Kinship Care Families

Frequently Asked Questions for providers. This is an interactive resource of common concerns experienced by care providers.

Caregivers & the Courts: A Primer on Juvenile Dependency Proceedings for California Foster Parents & Relative Caregivers This is an overview of the dependency court process, with insights into the role of foster caregivers in court. It is in PDF format.

Caregiver Information Form Any caregiver for a child in the dependency court may provide information to the court regarding the circumstances of the child. This is a fillable form, which can be printed from the site, for the purpose of providing this information to the court. Caregivers should make copies of the completed form for each of the parties in the case, and go to the County Clerks Office to file the paperwork. This form is in PDF format.

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Social Services Branch Child Welfare Services Division has recently published policies regarding Grievances and Problem Resolution. These policies apply to foster parents; legal parents; guardians; and children concerning the placement or removal of a child from a foster home. Here are PDF format versions of:
the Foster Parent Problem Resolution Policy
the Grievance Review Policy
and the Complaint and Grievance Resolution Request Form

De Facto Parent Status
De Facto Parent Guide provides insight into the definition of a De Facto parent, and how caregivers may apply for this status. De Facto Parent Pamphlet is a short brochure on De Facto parent status. It is in PDF format. Caregivers applying for De Facto status need to complete the three forms below, make copies of the completed forms for each of the parties in the case, and file them at the County Clerks Office.
De Facto Parent Request Form PDF format, can be filled out online and printed.
De Facto Parent Statement Form PDF format, can be filled out online and printed.
De Facto Parent Order Form PDF format, can be filled out online and printed.

New Directions Foster Parent Association (707) 496-6070

Relative & non related foster parent local support (707) 269-4003

California Kinship 1-800-546-0047 is a toll-free number for relative caregivers seeking support from the State of California. This phone number connects caregivers with their own personal Navigator. Navigators provide direction to resources helpful in the raising of a child of a relative. Navigators are available 10 hours a day Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. Services are determined on an individual basis and no appointments are necessary. Please visit our website California Kinship to learn more.