What is a Resource Family
A Resource Family now includes relative and near-kin caregivers or recruited families providing safety, stability and life-long connections for children in the child welfare system. All Resource Families must successfully meet approval standards through the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process. Upon approval, a Resource Family is considered to be approved for providing foster care, becoming a legal guardian or adopting a child without going through additional processes.
Why you should become a Resource Family
Kids need you
Over 200 children in Monterey County are in foster care. These children need a loving and nurturing family to help them heal, grow and thrive in life.
Become an important part of a child’s life
Opening your heart and home to a foster child can make a difference in a child’s life and create positive change in your community.
Fostering a child can be an amazingly rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Find out more
Whether you are interested in becoming a Resource Family or supporting our families and children in other ways, the place to start is by attending orientation. This informational meeting is held in English and Spanish via Zoom every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. If you would like to attend orientation, please call (831) 755-4475 or email RFA@co.monterey.ca.us.
How to become a resource family if you live in Monterey County
- Attend Orientation
- Complete pre-approval training and CPR
- Submit the application and collect supporting documents
- Pass background checks
- Complete a home inspection
- Participate in a family evaluation with a social worker (2-4 home visits)
Are there other agencies in our community that recruit Resource Families?
Yes, you can become a Resource Family by working with either private or public agencies. We partner with other agencies in our community to help you find the right program for you. Joint recruitment efforts allow us to work towards a common goal of matching children with the most suitable family. The following is a list of local Foster Family Agencies that support our children. Please contact them directly if you require more information on how you can become a Resource Family through a private Foster family Agency.
How to become a resource family if you do not live in Monterey County
If you live outside of Monterey County, you’ll need to contact the Department of Social Services in your county to learn about next steps specific to your county.
How will I be supported as a Resource Family?
Monterey County provides a financial support as well as medical, mental health and educational support for the children in your care. We’ll be there to educate, support and guide you every step of the way.
- Same-sex couples
- Unmarried couples
- Community Members
- 15 Hours Pre- Approval Training
- CPR/ First Aid Certification
- 8 Hours of Post-Approval Annual Training
You can have a maximum of 6 children, including your own biological children or other minors living in the home. Additional limitations may apply if providing care for children with high medical needs. Resource Family Approval does not guarantee placement of a child in your home.
There is no cost for the Pre/Post-Approval and CPR trainings.
Yes. Health and Safety Assessment Checklists in both English and Spanish can be accessed below: