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What Does It Take to Become an Adoptive Family

November 8, 2017

Becoming an adoptive family is a big decision and Rebekah Children’s Services is here to support you through each step of the process. There are two questions we are first asked by anyone interested in growing their family through adoption. Today we will answer these two pressing and important questions!

The first is, "What are the requirements to become an adoptive family?"

What are the requirements to become an adoptive family?

To become an adoptive or foster family you must:

  • Be over the age of 21,
  • Own or rent a home with adequate space for a child,
  • Be financially stable enough to support a child (the monthly stipend typically does not cover all of a child's needs),
  • Pass a fingerprint clearance covering the Department of Justice, FBI, and Child Abuse Index (or qualify for an exemption),
  • Be ready to work as a team for the benefit of the child, and
  • Understand that parenting will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in your life.

If you reside in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, or Alameda, then Rebekah Children's Services can help you become an adoptive family.

Which leads us to the second question, "What are the steps to becoming an adoptive family?"

What are the steps to becoming an adoptive family?

We strive to make the experience and positive one for you and your growing family and the steps are the same for both our prospective adoptive and foster families. Here are the steps we could walk with you through.

  1. First, contact us at (408) 871-4962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Attend a one-on-one orientation meeting.
  3. Attend an initial Interview with one of our social workers who will help make the right match for you and your family.
  4. Complete an application and background check.
  5. Attend our Pre-Service Training which is free for all of our adoptive and foster families.
  6. Participate in a Family Assessment which gives us a little more information to help us find the child or children you will love and welcome into your family.
  7. With all the requirements met and the above steps completed, we will work with you to find and place the child or children who will join and expand your family.

Do you have more questions for us about this process? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or call us at (408) 871-4962.

Interested in becoming an adoptive family?

That's it! Are your interested? If you are considering adoption, then take the first step and contact us today at (408) 871-4962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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It's Adoption Month!

November 1, 2017

November is National Adoption Month and Rebekah Children's Services is celebrating! Follow us all month long for a peek inside our Adoption program and celebrate as we help create forever families for the many children waiting in foster care.

A Little History

The original idea for a recognized adoption awareness week came from Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis in 1976, when he declared that his state would celebrate adoption awareness for seven days. Later, in 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, which created a domino effect in around the country. As more and more states began to hold events for National Adoption Week, it became clear that simply a week would not suffice. In 1995, President Clinton made November National Adoption Month, and we’ve been celebrating it ever since!

National Adoption Month has become a platform for increasing awareness of the thousands of children who are in the foster care system waiting for their forever families. November is the time to remind people that these children should not be forgotten and that as a community we can rise together and find these children safe and loving homes.

Though history the need for foster to adopt families as changed. Today, our local communities are more desperate than ever to have families who can take on the responsibility of becoming a potential forever family for a child. Our largest need is for families who can support sibling groups staying together, older children and children who may have special needs.

If you have ever thought about adoption or have adoption questions call us! Our adoption team is ready to answer your questions and give you support through every step of the process. You can make a difference in the life of a child. If not you, who?


Summer Time Family Fun

May 31, 2017

School is almost out, the sun is staying up late and summer is just around the corner. You may have dreams of the beach, biking in that park and getting a warm summer tan. It’s never too early to start turning those dreams into reality with a little prep for summer time fun for the family! Creating those special family moments will bring a lifetime of memories for all family members to enjoy. Here at RCS, we want to help families create fun summer memories that will last a lifetime.

To help you out, we have come up with six great summer ideas that won’t blow out your bank account. Pick one or all six and start building those summer plans!

  1. Bring Hawaii Home – You don’t need to take a trip to celebrate the awesomeness of the islands. The Dollar Tree is a great place to get affordable and fun decorations needed to create the perfect family luau right in your own backyard!
  2. Beach Scavenger Hunt – Make a list for the family of fun things to find at the beach. Then load up the car and head to your favorite beach! Collect seashells, pebbles, and whatever little sea creatures you can find! Need a list you can print? Ashley at Frugal Living has a great one to print for free!
  3. Turn Your Home into a Pizzeria – Pizza is perfect from dinner to dessert! You and your family can get your creative juices flowing and come up with all new pizza toppings or bring out the traditional. Pile on whatever your family loves, just don’t forget the pineapple! Why not try a pizza dessert? Think cookie dough crust, frosting for sauce and then top with your favorite candies!
  4. Create a Garden – Whether it’s either flowers or vegetables, this is a great way to bring in healthy options for the family that will last even when summer is over. A quick side note for the parents: If your child has been dying for that puppy or kitten suggest to take care of a plant, this is a great first step to teach your children about responsibility.
  5. Help the Birds – You can create a bird feeder by covering pine cones with peanut butter and then rolling it in bird seeds. Add some string and hang it from a tree. Once the birds are all full they can go rest in the awesome homemade bird houses you created! By using just use Popsicle sticks and some twigs you can create a great place for the birds to take a nap.
  6. Backyard Campout – You don’t need to leave all the comforts of home (electricity and running water) to have a camp out. Get the family together and build a tent in the background, make a bonfire, snack on some s’mores and check out the stars for cool shapes and designs.

Not only is summer time for the family a great way to have fun but it brings so many benefits for the kids! Studies have shown that when children have more family time together their behavioral problems can decrease, they are less likely to be involved in dangerous activities, and it can lead to more positive and healthy choices for their future!

Hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Family Oriented summer!


Rebekah Children's Services Receives the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Volunteers Award

June 7, 2017

On April 28, 2017, Rebekah Children's Services was honored by Kaiser Permanente with a Thriving Volunteers Award at the Junior League of San Jose 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon called Rising Above. We were honored for our volunteer program through the Prevention & Education and Family Resource Center programs.

Last year, we trained over 75 volunteers to help support the work we do in parenting classes, small groups, large group presentations, support groups, child care services, and teen peer mentoring. The volunteers in our programs help us to provide services to over 3,000 youth, families, and community members, throughout Santa Clara County, to create pathways to hope, happiness, and well-being.

2017 Kaiser Permanente Thriving Volunteers Award


  Published on 2017-05-03

On April 28, 2017, Rebekah Children's Services was honored by Kaiser Permanente with a Thriving Volunteers Award at the Junior League of San Jose 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon called Rising Above. We were honored for our volunteer program through the Prevention & Education and Family Resource Center programs.

Last year, we trained over 75 volunteers to help support the work we do in parenting classes, small groups, large group presentations, support groups, child care services, and teen peer mentoring. The volunteers in our programs help us to provide services to over 3,000 youth, families, and community members, throughout Santa Clara County, to create pathways to hope, happiness, and well-being.

Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement supports prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that improve the health of the community and reduces health disparities. They selected Rebekah Children's Services for the 2017 Thriving Volunteers Award because of our dedication to promoting positive social, emotional, and physical wellness to those in need.

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Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement supports prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that improve the health of the community and reduces health disparities. They selected Rebekah Children's Services for the 2017 Thriving Volunteers Award because of our dedication to promoting positive social, emotional, and physical wellness to those in need.


Walk Talk Bond

May 24, 2017

Getting in quality family time can be rough, between working, school, cleaning, cooking, errands, homework, soccer and you name it our lives and schedules are full. When do we leave time to be together and bond as a family? It’s typical to create bonding times and memories during the big moments such as holidays and vacations but it’s the little day to day moments that increase our family’s bond and influence our relationships. What if there was a quick and easy way to build bonds, get to know your family better and had some added health benefits? THERE IS!

Family walks are a great way to spend some quality family time and they are easy to access and free of charge!

No matter the age of your child– infant, youth, or adolescent, walking can be a great way to bond with one another. When adding a new member to the family, it can be easy to get distracted and busy with the typical day to day tasks and chores. Taking walks with your partner and infant is a great way for the baby to explore new surroundings and also allows you and your partner some downtime to talk and enjoy each other's company.

With your school-aged child, video games and television can become their go-to activities. Nightly family walks can be the perfect way to decrease screen time and help create bonding moments and healthy habits for everyone in the family. Your child’s teen years can present with new and different challenges, we know every teen parent has experienced the teen eye roll! Creating opportunities for your teen to spend time with the family helps to promote your continued close relationship. Taking family walks can help support in opening up those sensitive conversations that either you as a parent or your teenager might want to talk about, in a more relaxed and engaging setting. No matter what stage of life your child is in walking together as a family provides great opportunities for some memorable bonding experiences!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first annual Walk for Foster Youth! We enjoyed a leisurely walk though the Gilroy Gardens that anyone from toddlers to grandparents were able to do! It was a great opportunity to walk, talk, and bond.