What does a foster family look like? Just like yours.
Shasta County Foster Homes provide care to children who are experiencing a traumatic event in their lives. These children are dependents of the court, wards of the Juvenile Justice System or voluntarily placed by their parents. Sibling groups are kept together whenever possible. Families with children, childless couples, single people and retirees are among the many types of people who make wonderful foster families. The commitment ranges from a few weeks to several months or more. Foster parents receive money to help pay for the child’s living expenses and medical care is covered by Medi-Cal. Training and support are provided, and specialized training is offered through a collaborative effort with Shasta College.
Foster parenting choices include:
- Temporary foster care: This allows you to care for children who need a safe and loving place to live while they are waiting to either return home or be adopted.
- Kinship care: Relatives and non-relative extended family members may care for a child in foster care.
- Fost-Adopt: This program allows you to become the foster parent of a child that you wish to adopt.
- Respite care: If you aren't ready to take in a foster child, you can provide respite care for other foster families who need a break.
If you or someone you know has room in their heart and home for a child, please contact the Licensing, Options and Kinship Unit at 225-5554.
Frequently asked questions:
What are the first steps to becoming a foster parent? Is the foster care licensing process difficult? Find these answers and many more.
Interested in foster care? Learn more at a Foster Care Licensing/Adoptions Orientation meeting. The scheduled dates for 2017 are:
- January 4, 9 am to noon
- January 18, 6 to 9 pm
- February 1, 9 am to noon
- February 15, 6 to 9 pm
- March 1, 9 am to noon
- March 15, 6 to 9 pm
Orientation meetings will be held in Howell Hall West 1604 Market Street in Redding.
Call (530) 225-5650 for questions
The next Pre-Approval sessions are:
- January 3 & 5 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, January 7 from 9 am to 4 pm
- January 31 & February 2 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, February 4 from 9 am to 4 pm
- March 7 & March 9 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, March 11 from 9 am to 4 pm
Pre-Approval is available to those with an application on file and interested in becoming a licensed foster home with the county or those who are currently licensed with Shasta County. Classes are held in McFall Hall at 1628 Market Street.
Early Childhood Series: Learn to care for children up to age 5, including those with special needs.
The next ECS sessions are:
- Week 1 - January 10 & January 12 from 6 to 9pm & Saturday, January 14 from 9 am to 4 pm
- Week 2 - January 17 & January 19 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, January 21 from 9 am to 4 pm
- Week 1 - March 14 & March 16 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday,March 18 from 9 am to 4 pm
- Week 2 - March 21 & March 23 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, March 25 from 9 am to 4 pm
School Age Series:
- Week 1 - February 7 & February 9 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, February 11 from 9 am to 4 pm
- Week 2 - February 14 & February 16 from 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, February 18 from 9 am to 4 pm
CPR Classes (For current caregiver updates and new caregivers in process of Resource Family Approval)
- January 31 _ 5:30 to 9:30 pm Howell Hall East 1604 Market Street
- February 28 _ 5:30 to 9:30 pm McFall Hall 1628 Market Street
- March 28 _ 5:30 to 9:30 pm McFall Hall 1628 Market Street
Foster care licensing services:
1550 California St. (corner of Yuba Street), Redding
Contact: (530) 225-5650
Foster Parent Resource Page