HHSA Contact Information

2650 Breslauer Way,
Redding, CA 96001-4246

Customer Service Center for Food and Financial Help:
General Phone: (530) 229-8400
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
CA Relay: 711

Email: HHSA



Your privacy rights

Resource Family Approval (previously Foster Care)

Beginning January 1, 2017, Shasta County is a Resource Family Approval (RFA) program county.  RFA is a streamlined method of assessing caregivers which combines elements of foster care licensing, relative home assessment, adoption assessment, and guardianship assessment into one streamlined process.

What does a Resource Family look like? Just like yours.

parentsShasta County Resource Homes (previously known as 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 caregivers. The commitment ranges from a few weeks to several months or more. Caregivers 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.

Resource Family choices include:

  • Temporary caregiving: 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.  
  • Fost-Adopt: This program allows you to become the caregiver of a child that you wish to adopt.
  • Respite care: If you aren't ready to take in a child, you can provide respite care for other Resource Families who need a break.

If you or someone you know has room in their heart and home for a child, please contact the Resource Family Approval, Options and Kinship Unit at 225-5554.

Frequently asked questions:

What are the first steps to becoming a Resource Family? Is the Resource Family Approval process difficult? Find these answers and many more.

Upcoming events:

Interested in becoming a caregiver? Learn more at a Resource Family Approval Orientation meeting. The scheduled dates for 2017 are:     

  • May 17, 6 to 9 pm
  • June 7, 9 am to noon
  • June 21, 6 to 9 pm
  • July 5, 9 am to noon
  • July 19, 6 to 9 pm
  • August 2, 9 am to noon
  • August 16, 6 to 9 pm

Orientation meetings will be held in the McFall Resource and Training Room at 1628 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001.

Call (530) 225-5650 for questions

 The next Pre-Approval series (12 hours)  

  • Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6 to 9 pm in the McFall Resource Room
  • Tuesday, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 from 6 to 9 pm in the McFall Resource Room 

Pre-Approval is available to those with an application on file and interested in becoming a Resource Family home with the county or those who are currently licensed with Shasta County. Classes are held in McFall Hall at 1628 Market Street. Registration is required prior to attendance. Please contact: (530) 245-6704 to register.

Training opportunities:

Early Childhood Series: Learn to care for children up to age 5, including those with special needs.

ECS series (24 hours) 

  • Wednesday, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6 to 9 pm in the McFall Resource Room

School Age Series (24 hours):

  • Thursday, June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6 to 9 pm in the McFall Resource Room

CPR/First Aid Classes (For current caregiver updates and new caregivers in process of Resource Family Approval) (4 hours) 

  • Tuesday, May 30 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the McFall Resource Room
  • Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Howell Hall East
  • Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the McFall Resource Room

Resource Family Approval (Foster care licensing services):

Located in the Clinical and Permanency Services Office

1620 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001

Contact: (530) 225-5650

More resources:


Foster Parent Resource Page 

Search Shasta County

Service Referral Guide

Food Facility Inspections

Inmate Custody Search

Need Help Fast?

Child Abuse Hotline:

24-hr mental health:
530-225-5252 or 888-385-5201

Suicide help:

Elder Abuse Hotline:

Report Communicable Disease

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for our Email Newsletter. Enter your email address below.