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.
Options: Learn to care for children up to age 5, including those with special needs.
The Options class meets on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm. The next session begins January 14, 2016 and continues until March 22, 2016
Foster Pride meets Thursday nights from 6 to 9 pm. The next session will begin January 7, 2016 and continues until March 3, 2016. Foster Pride 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.
All Options and Foster Pride classes are held in Howell Hall - 1604 Market Street Redding, CA 96001. RSVP is required to allow for space and materials to be available for all participants. Please see www.qpicalifornia.org for specific topics offered on each date.
Interested in foster care? Learn more at a Foster Care Licensing/Adoptions inquiry meeting. The scheduled dates for 2016 are:
- August 3, 12:00 pm
- August 17, 6:00 pm
- September 7, 12:00 pm
- September 21, 6:00 pm
- October 5, 12:00 pm
- October 19, 6:00 pm
- November 2, 12:00 pm
- November 16, 6:00 pm
- December 7, 12:00 pm
- December 21, 6:00 pm
Inquiry meetings are held in the Resource and Training Room, 1628 Market Street.
Call (530) 225-5791 or (530) 225-5554 for questions
Foster care licensing services:
1550 California St. (corner of Yuba Street), Redding
Priscilla Zamudio, (530) 245-6836
and Diana Leland, (530) 225-5793
Foster Parent Resource Page