Mendocino County


Thank you for considering becoming a resource family or adoptive parent. It can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do!

Our Mission

Mendocino County HHSA Resource Family Approval (RFA) Division’s mission is to recruit, approve, prepare and support resource families (foster and adoptive families, relative caregivers, and non-related extended family member) who can provide healthy, stable, loving and permanent homes to children that cannot safely live with their parents. RFA is a family friendly, child-centered, caregiver approval process.

We welcome and need all families – regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, physical characteristics, national origin, medical status or disability status – to help us fulfill this mission. We strive to make the process of becoming a resource family as streamlined and supportive as possible.

We offer online applications for resource families through our partnership with Binti.

The Need

Currently there are hundreds of children in Mendocino County being served by the Health & Human Services / Family & Children’s Services (FCS) Agency who cannot safely live with their own families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

– As of 7/1/17, we have 227 children and youth in foster care. This includes placements with relatives, nonrelative extended family members, foster family agencies and group homes. We fluctuate month to month, but consistently have over 200 kids per month in foster care.

47 children are youth are placed out of county in non related foster care or group home placements which significantly impacts their ability to stay connected to their family, friends, school and community and successfully reunify with their family when they are so far away.

-We have an average of 11 kids per month who need an emergency foster care placement due to being detained. Sometimes the placement is only overnight, but other times longer. We desperately need foster homes willing to take any of our youth, but particularly children/youth with special needs (ie: developmental disabilities, behavioral/mental health challenges, etc.) on an emergency basis.

These children need to be with a safe, stable, and loving family sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently. We service all children and many are teens, members of a sibling group, and may have special medical, emotional, or educational needs. They are also wonderful children who could thrive in a loving home.

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