There are currently approximately 300 children in foster care in San Luis Obispo County. All of these children need a safe and loving home with a foster parent or foster parents to care for them during their time in foster care. Children can come into care at any age from birth up to age 18 years, and may stay in care for a few days, an extended time or anywhere in between. The needs of each child and family are unique and affects the length of time foster care is necessary.
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Foster Care Beyond Age 18
The California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB-12) became law on January 1, 2012 and extends services and a youth’s financial foster care rate benefits for youth who are 18 years old. The assistance can now last until youth turn 20 years old. Click here to learn more.
You can view a series of three minute introductory videos, created with the help of former foster youth, which provide young adults with clear information on California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act and specific information on eligibility, placement and probation. To view the videos go to http://www.youtube.com/user/After18CA.
Click here for the youth conversation guide associated with the video.
Click here for the caregiver conversation guide associated with the video.
We hope these videos provide young adults and cargivers with important information which will assist eligible youth in making informed choices about their future.
For more information please visit the After 18 website at www.after18ca.org.
Siblings are often the longest relationship experienced in life, and when children come into foster care every effort is made to place siblings together whenever possible. This is not always possible due to a lack of homes available to take sibling groups, especially sibling groups larger than two.
There is a great need for foster homes that can take siblings and help maintain these special sibling connections.
There is room for everyone! Every foster family is unique and each home is a valued resource for the youth in our community. Some are traditional families with a working father, and a mother that stays at home. Some families have two working parents with adequate child care. Others are single parents and some are in committed domestic partnerships, while others are older foster parents with plenty of energy!
While foster parents are a diverse group, they share a commitment to meet the needs of children during a difficult time and strive to nurture the children in their care.
For information about our local Foster Parent Association and to obtain an application please click here .
Here is a list of some of the basic requirements to become a foster parent:
- Have a stable home
- Sufficient income
- All members of the household in good physical and mental health
- Criminal background clearance
- TB clearance for all adult members of the home
- Sufficient sleeping and living areas
- Satisfactory personal references
- CPR and PRIDE training
- Other requirements as requested
Click here for resources for the foster care community on the web.
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