A Single Life Can Change A Community
When you become an Aspiranet Foster Parent, you are
demonstrating your dedication to children and families in your
community. Our foster parents care for over 3000 children each
year, some for as little as a week, others for longer periods of
time. But no matter how long, you can make a connection that can
positively affect a child for a lifetime.
To be a foster family, it takes:
- Time in one's life to care for a child or children
- Appropriate space in one home to accommodate a child or children and
- A concern for children's well-being in one's community
With those three things, individuals and families can start the process to be
a foster family. Our experienced foster families will say it takes a great deal
more to be successful, but if you have those three things, you should consider
starting the process. There are additional requirements that families must meet.
The first step is to contact us.
Fill out our web
form or call us:
Toll Free: 877-380-HERO
One of our Family Developers will provide you with
more details, local events and specific requirements.
Families are required to attend a 6 session training program held in most
of our Aspiranet locations. During this training, you will learn
the roles and responsibilities of foster parenting, the matching
and placement process, state and agency guidelines and the
support you can expect from our professional staff. The training
sessions are filled with valuable information about child
development, issues faced by children in foster care, working
with birth families, and the need for permanent connections in a
child’s life. We make it fun with exercises that support adult
learning. During the training program, family members will:
- Complete applications
- Obtain a fingerprint background check (LiveScan) and a DMV printout of your
- Have a health screening
- Provide information about your home and vehicles.
At the end of this process, a home study is conducted, interviewing everyone
in the home. This allows us to build a comprehensive profile of your family’s
strengths. This valuable tool is used when children’s needs are identified when
looking for an appropriate home for placement. For families who are or might be
interested in adoption, the process can be combined to give you a dual home
study, applicable for foster care and adoption through foster care. This option
is something your family should consider, if a child you are caring for becomes
available for a permanent placement, you will be ready. Most adoptions in
California (over 90%) come through foster care.
Individuals and families can expect to be welcomed into Aspiranet, striving
to understand your family’s traditions and customs and honors
your desire to help children in need. Aspiranet respects all
types of relationships and family configurations.
Once certified as an Aspiranet Foster Family, your comprehensive family
profile is used to match with the needs of children who need
your families’ skills. When a child is matched with your family,
an Aspiranet social worker will work with you on support and
resources you will need to make the transition into your home
smooth. Regular visits are scheduled with you and your child to
oversee the child's progress, resolve problems and provide
counseling, as well as develop other resources to help as
needed. Aspiranet social workers are very special people,
dedicated to your success and the child’s safety, permanent
connections and well-being. Many foster families consider their
Aspiranet social worker part of their extended family. You can
also expect that if a child has siblings, social workers will
want to place them together. Maintaining sibling relationships
are extremely important to children in foster care.
To start the process contact us
or call an Aspiranet Family Developer at 877-380-HERO from
within California or 209-585-1460 direct.