Adoption and Foster Care FAQ
There are many questions that arise as you consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Below are several of the most common questions we receive.
What are the requirements to be a foster or adoptive family?
- Reside in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo or Alameda county.
- 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
- Understand that parenting will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in your life
Can a single person be an adoptive or foster parent?
YES! Rebekah Children’s Services supports all family constellations in becoming a foster or adoptive families.
Can I live in an apartment and be an adoptive or foster parent?
YES! As long as there is adequate space for a child in your home.
How much does it cost to become a foster or adoptive family?
The costs are minimal; there is a fee for fingerprints, possible fee for a health screening (depending on your doctor) and any changes that need to be made to your home. We do not charge any adoption fees.
Is there financial assistance for adoptive or foster families?
Yes, each family receives a monthly reimbursement based on the age of the child.
Can I still work as an adoptive or foster parent?
Yes, having a foster child in your home is just like having your own child. You are responsible for their supervision but you absolutely can work!
Do the kids have medical and dental insurance?
YES! All kids in our Foster Care and Adoption Program have full Medical and Dental insurance. In fact, after adoption they continue to have medical and dental though age 18 or longer!
What are the ages of the children in foster care?
There is a wide age range of children in foster care, they range from new born through age 21.
Can a foster child share a room with my own child?
Generally yes, there can be two children in a room if they are the same sex, compatible and close in age.
Do I get a choice on what foster Children are placement with me?
Absolutely! Our team will work side by side with you on placements. We will get to know you through the family assessment process which will help us make the best possible match for your family. You are always presented with all the information we have on a child before agreeing to the placement.
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