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Resources for Foster Families

As a foster parent, connecting your child to the available resources in your community is one of the best gifts you can give. Below, we’ve prepared an online listing of resources and information available to foster parents in California. Do you have something you think we should add? Please contact us.

California Department of Social Services – Title 22 Regulations
Foster Family Agencies are governed by the following regulations: General Licensing Requirements, Foster Family Homes and Foster Family Agencies. Review the Title 22 Regulations to learn more about the requirements for Foster Family Agencies.

California Department of Social Services
Find services, information or forms at the website of the CDSS.

Character Counts!
CHARACTER COUNTS! (the Center for Youth Ethics) is the most widely implemented approach to character education, reaching millions of youth. CHARACTER COUNTS! is a framework based on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. It offers training programs, free e-newsletters, resources and free consultation to schools, communities, public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The website has good information that parents can use at home and in making curriculum recommendations to their children’s schools.

Children and Family Services Division – California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
Information and services related to Adoptions, Foster Care, Children’s Services and Child Welfare. According to CDSS, nearly 7,000 children were adopted in California last year, and the need for more adoptive parents continues statewide. Those wanting more information can download their brochure, A Guide to California Adoptionshere.

End Abuse Long Beach – previously The Long Beach Area Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention Council,is a voluntary group of professionals and concerned community members who work in some way with abused or neglected children, domestic violence victims or perpetrators, and their families.

Family Disaster Planning
“Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services–water, gas, electricity or telephones–were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

Family Education
Parenting advice, activities for children, family games and recipes.

Foster Club – Parent Training
Providing foster parent training classes online.

Foster Parent College
Training and other resources for adoptive, kinship and foster parents.

Foster Parent Training for Children Ages 0-3
This training document will help you gain knowledge and understanding in key areas to equip you in the care of infants and toddlers, including 0-3 development, nutrition, brain development and challenging behaviors. You’ll also learn about caring for substance exposed infants, safe sleep, the impact of Shaken Baby Syndrome and child safety.

Fostering Families Today
A foster care and adoption resource, source of the bimonthly Fostering Families Today magazine.

Giving Back: It’s a Family Affair
Some tips to help parents broaden their children’s perspectives on the world. Whether you’re planning an intensive international volunteer experience or a trip to the local park, there are plenty of ways to spend quality time as a family, while doing some good.

Online and print resources for foster parents, compiled by KidsPeace, the National Center for Kids in Crisis.

National Foster Parent Association
Foster parent and training resources.

Tools to help you safeguard your children from some of the dangers on the internet. Includes FAQs and tips for helping kids understand who might be looking at their online profiles – including coaches, college admission officials and potential employers.

Parents’ Monthly Magazine Online
The Parents’ Monthly Magazine has articles that provide valuable information for foster parents.

Practical Money Skills for Life
This site provides information for personal finance management as well as resources for helping children learn money management.

Produce Oasis
One-stop source for information about selecting and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables, including healthy recipes, seasonal information, history and nutritional and dietary data.

Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids USA is part of a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. Their website includes information on child safety in the following areas: in and around cars; fire and burn safety; pedestrian safety; poison safety; railroad safety; toy safety; water safety.

SLO Focus on Women
SLO Focus on Women is a web portal that provides information to women about local services and how to access them. A collaboration of local organizations,  this on-line resource helps to find local services through keyword search, type of service, or regional/ city search options.

StandUp for Kids
According to one report in 2007, 50% of all homeless people are former foster youth. That statistic has probably gotten worse with the tanking economic situation we’re now facing. The mission of StandUp for Kids is to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives, and provide deterrence and resource programs via the schools and the internet.

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