If you live in Mendocino County and you are open to both adopting and fostering…
The first step is to get approved as a Mendocino Resource Family, and you will work directly with the Mendocino County.
Once you are approved, the expectation is that you will be available to foster, and your goal to adopt will be embraced and considered throughout the process.
What is an adoptive parent?
An Adoptive Parent is someone that provides a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents or relatives.
Can I be both a foster parent and an adoptive parent?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we are in the greatest need of Resource Parents, that is, parents who are able to provide foster care and help birth parents reunite, but if the children cannot safely return to their family, Resource Parents can provide permanent adoptive homes for the children.
How will I know if I should be a foster parent or an adoptive parent?
The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. Our classes and family assessments are conducted by friendly, experienced social workers that will work with you in determining the types of children you can best parent.
What is the cost of adopting a child from foster care?
You do not pay for completion of the approval process with Mendocino County. The process should be free, except potential expense for medical screenings. Your RFA social worker can help you identify low cost or free options for medical screenings that are required for medical clearances.