3057 Briw Road, Suite A
Phone (530) 642-7100
South Lake Tahoe
3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 100
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone (530) 573-3201
Licensing Program Supervisor
Who are Foster Children?
Thousands of children are in California's foster care systems. These children require temporary, out-of-home care due to parental neglect, abuse or exploitation. Some children stay in foster care for weeks, some for years. Children are of all ages and have various needs. Some will need the temporary home to turn into a permanent home if they cannot be reunited with their birth families.
What is Foster Care?
Foster parents give a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. Foster parents provide the basics, including food, clothing and protection. They arrange for medical and dental care, and education, and they encourage positive relationships. In most cases, the foster parents work with Department of Social Services staff to reunite the child with his/her birth family.
How do I become a Foster Parent in El Dorado County?
A license is required to operate a foster home. Contact the El Dorado County Department of Human Services Foster Care Licensing Program at (530) 642-7100 to start the process. Foster parents must complete the following steps:
- Attend a Foster Parent Orientation at the Human Services office at 3057 Briw Road, Placerville. (Orientations in South Lake Tahoe are held as needed at a site to be determined)
- Complete a Foster Family Home Application packet. Once you sign the Home Application, you have 90 days to complete the licensing process.
- Attend the PRIDE series, an 18 hour training program. The training is free and provided in collaboration with the Folsom Lake College Foster Kinship Care Education Program. PRIDE classes are held in South Lake Tahoe at Lake Tahoe Community College.
- Become First Aid and CPR certified.
- Be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check.
- Pass a health screening and TB test.
- A home visit by a licensing worker will also be required to confirm the home meets Foster Care standards. Law mandates minimal personal, safety and space requirements.
Can I afford to do this?
Foster parents receive a monthly reimbursement. The rate is set by the State and approved by the County Board of Supervisors. Reimbursement depends on the age and circumstances of the foster child. The money pays for food, clothing and other basic needs of the foster child; it should not be considered as income for the foster family.
What if the child gets sick?
Medical and dental coverage are given through Medi-Cal. Foster parents must make appointments and transport the foster child to and from appointments.
Do I have to be married?
Foster parents may be married or single.
Are there age limits?
Foster parents must be age 21 or older. Age requirements are flexible as long as your health and energy are good. People who are retired can make wonderful foster parents.
Who will work with me to ensure the best plan for the child?
During pre-placement, the social worker will assist the foster parents to determine the child best suited for your home. After placement, the primary assigned social worker will develop the case plan for the child's care during the time he/she will be there.
Will I need special training?
Yes. To be licensed and placement ready, you must complete PRIDE training and be certified in first aid and CPR. Each year, you must also complete eight additional hours of training in parenting skills. West Slope Area training is sponsored by Folsom Lake College and the County of El Dorado Human Services Department. South Lake Tahoe Area training is sponsored by Lake Tahoe Community College.
What are PRIDE classes and how will they help me become a foster parent?
PRIDE stands for: Parent's Resource for Information Development and Education
PRIDE is offered through a series of classes, using a standardized model for the development and support of resource families. PRIDE is informative and helpful to even the most seasoned parents preparing to care for children not born to them and those coming to their family after adverse circumstances.
WEST SLOPE FOSTER/KINSHIP CARE MEETINGS AND CLASSES
Foster Parent Orientation
An orientation meeting for new and prospective foster parents is held two times each month at Human Services, 3057 Briw Road in Placerville: The 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and the 4th Monday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please call (530) 642-7113.
Folsom Lake College Foster and Kinship Care Education presents PRIDE - Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. The free PRIDE training is held at Folsom Lake College at El Dorado Center in Placerville. Please call (530) 642-5659 to reserve your spot for the entire series or a specific session.
CPR/First Aid Training
Foster parents must keep their CPR and First Aid training certification up to date. This is mandated by law. Folsom Lake College offers CPR/First Aid training for foster parents. There is a fee associated with the training. To sign up, call (530) 642-5659 and leave your name and phone number. You will be added to the waiting list and contacted when the class is available.
Foster Youth Can Maintain Health Coverage Until Age 26 (Press release)
National Foster Parent Association
National Foster Care Coalition
Foster Club for Grownups
Foster Family Homes - Manual of Policies and Procedures (English)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5
Foster Family Homes - Manual of Policies and Procedures (Spanish)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5