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 Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The next session will start September 8.
Foster Pride meets Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Foster Pride is available to those with an application on file and interested in becoming a licensed foster home with the county.The next session starts September 4.
All Options and Foster Pride classes are held in Howell Hall - 1604 Market Street Redding, CA 96001
Interested in foster care? Learn more about the process of becoming a foster parent at our monthly inquiry meetings.
Upcoming Inquiry meetings in 2015 are:
- February 4, 6:30 pm / February 17, 9:30 am
- March 4, 6:30 pm / March 17, 9:30 am
- April 1, 6:30 pm / April 21, 9:30 am
- May 6, 6:30 pm / May 19, 9:30 am
- June 3, 6:30 pm / June 16, 9:30 am
- July 1, 6:30 pm / July 21, 9:30 am
- August 5, 6:30 pm / August 18, 9:30 am
- September 2, 6:30 pm / September 15, 9:30 am
- October 7, 6:30 pm / October 20, 9:30 am
- November 4, 6:30 pm / November 17, 9:30 am
- December 2, 6:30 pm / December 15, 9:30 am
Evening inquiry meetings are in Howell Hall in the downtown mall (1604 Market St.) and daytime inquiry meetings are in the Adoptions/Licensing Office in the downtown mall (1620 Market St.). Please call (530) 225-5554 for directions, and for instructions to get in, as mall doors are locked at 6:00 pm.
Foster care licensing services:
1550 California St. (corner of Yuba Street), Redding
Michelle Smith, licensing (530) 225-5362
Foster Parent Resource Page