If you are considering becoming a resource parent in the state of California, you may have more questions than answers early in the process. And that’s okay! Don’t let a little bit of confusion keep you away from what could be an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. We won’t be able to answer every question you have about becoming a foster parent in this short post, but we can get you started and are available to answer any follow-up questions you may have.
What’s the Difference Between a Resource Parent and a Foster Parent?
Basically, there is no difference. A resource parent is a foster parent as far as the state of California is concerned. The term resource parent is now used because it so accurately reflects the role these adults play in the lives of the children they care for. As a resource parent, you may be able to provide short-term housing for a child before that child is reunified with his or her parents, or you might wind up fostering to adopt. Whatever the case, acting as a resource parent is truly the opportunity to do something life-changing for a child.
How Do You Get Started?
Becoming a resource parent requires first obtaining a license to serve in this capacity. There are a number of qualifications that you will need to satisfy, including being at least 21 years of age and passing a home inspection. Also, there is commonly some training required before you will be approved. In the end, while there are some steps to go through and some requirements to meet, the process is certainly worth the effort when you get to the point of providing care for a child in need.
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.