Foster parents provide a supportive and stable environment for children temporarily unable to live with their parents due to family problems. In most cases, the foster parents work with agency staff to reunite the child with their birth parent(s).
Foster care families come from a variety of backgrounds. They have a commitment to offer love and care to a child placed in their home. Some parents have or do not have children; others are single parents, couples and grandparents.
Who are the Children in Need Of Foster Care?
Today there are thousands of Latino children in California's foster care system. Most require temporary out-of-home care due to parental neglect or abuse. All the children vary in age and needs. They all need love and guidance during the difficult time of their lives.
Many of children in California's foster care system are school-aged sibling sets and teens. These years are vital for children to grow, develop, and have stability. You can play a part in these important years and nurture a child's needs in life.
How Do I Become a Foster Parent?
A certification is required to operate a foster family home. The certification process is usually completed in three to six months. A Social Worker will visit your home to meet with you and other family members. You home or apartment must meet safety and space requirements. Foster parents work with agency staff to determine the type of of child best suited for their home (i.e., age). Depending on the availability of children, they may be placed immediately after certifications.
Foster parents receive a monthly stipend for the children placed in their care. Medical and dental coverage are provided through the Medi-Cal program.
What qualifications do the foster care social workers have?
All LFI Social Workers have a Masters Degree in Social Work or Social Welfare. Many of our Social Workers are also licensed as Clinical Social Workers in the State of California. All LFI staff is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural..