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California’s Requirements for Resource Parenting

Every state does Resource Parenting a little differently, and California has its own rules, regulations, and requirements regarding what it takes to become a Resource Parent. If you’re considering embarking on the incredible journey of becoming a Resource Parent, we are here to help you through the process. The first step is knowing the basic qualifications!

  1. You must be at LEAST 18 years of age
  2. Must attend an orientation
  3. Should be certified in CPR and First-Aid
  4. Undergo a comprehensive psychosocial assessment
  5. Undergo a home safety inspection

According to, there is typically no fee for families interested in fostering a child or sibling group from foster care. Licensed public adoption agencies (also known as California Department of Social Services adoptions district offices) may require that you pay a fee of no more than $500. The fee could potentially be deferred, reduced, or waived under certain conditions. There are also numerous adoption agencies in California that do not require applicants to pay this fee.

There are over 55,000 children in California’s foster care system, all of whom need a family, a home, and love until they can be reunited with their biological families. Becoming a Resource Parent is one of the kindest and most selfless things a person could do, and Kamali’i is here to help you through every step of the process. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any concerns regarding the process, if you’re looking for support, or simply with questions.

Kamali'i Foster Family Agency
Corporate Office:
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Riverside County Office
31772 Casino Drive, Suite B
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Voice (951) 674-9400
San Diego County Recruitment and Training Center:
Office Hours: By Appt. Only
145 Vallecitos de Oro, Suite 210
San Marcos, CA 92069
Voice (760) 761-4300