Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, the process takes between 2-3 months time.
  • A monthly stipend
  • A mentor 
  • 12 hours of free respite care/ month
  • Retention Community Services Coordinator who will support and advocate for Resource Families
  • Ongoing education and networking opportunities
  • Participation in Children Family Team meetings
    address the needs of the child in your care.
  • Access to Public Health Nurses, RX for Kids, and mental health services
You may be called by our Placement team within 24 hours of being licensed.
You can begin today by watching the online orientation video. We offer pre-service classes each month
Only one adult is required to be approved, however it is highly recommended that both are approved.
Childcare is available during Pre-Service Trainings. Pre-Registration is required for all classes and child care. For training registration contact Kids & Families Together at 805-643-1446.For childcare registration, contact Channel Islands Social Services at 805-384-0983, with at least 48 hours notice. *Childcare is not offered for Orientations.
Yes, we provide 12 hours per month of free respite care.
You may own or rent.
No, you may be single, married or with a partner.
You need to provide evidence that you have adequate financial means to provide for the child in your care.
Under the Resource Family approval process, all families are eligible to adopt. Resource families may become forever families for the children in their care or children whose parental rights have been terminated. For more information, visit homeswithheartvc.org/adoption.
  • Families are responsible for ensuring children have adequate sleeping and living provisions and that their homes comply with state regulations.
  • TB Test
  • DMV record check
  • They receive health care, including dental and vision, and behavioral health through Ventura County’s Medi-Cal program, Gold Coast.
    Yes. However, they must clear the background check process.
    A fence must surround a pool for a child under the age of 10 or for children identified with special needs.

    Common Myths

    Reality: You do not have to be a stay-at-home parent to foster! If the foster child requires daycare, however, you may be responsible for covering that expense.
    Reality: All homes are approved for ages 0 – 18. We take your preferences into consideration, your RFA SW will guide and work with you.
    Reality: Each child needs a bed of their own, not a room of their own. In addition, children of the opposite sex may share a room if they are under an age specified by the State (usually around 6 years old).

    Siblings can share a room if they 8 yrs. old. Non siblings of opposite sex, over the age of 8 cannot share a room
    Reality: Reunification is our first priority, if this is not possible, the child’s SW will discuss other options for permanency.
    Reality: Resource families receive a monthly stipend to assist with expenses related to the care of the child. Medical and dental services are covered through the child’s MediCal.
    Reality: Our children represent the beauty of all ethnic backgrounds and cultures or our county.
    Reality: Reunification is our first priority if it is safe to do so.

    Our state is a leader in the Quality Parenting Initiative. QPI is an approach to strengthening foster care by refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in out of home care.

    We ask that Resource families collaborate with bio. families in the best interest of the child, when it is safe to do so.

    We ask that Resource families be an active participant in the reunification plan and services.

    Children in foster care are typical children who, through no fault of their own, had to be removed from their families due to abusive or neglectful situations.