I want to be a Resource Family


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Every child deserves a safe and stable environment that nurtures personal growth and development.

In Riverside County, there are approximately 4,000 children who have been removed from their families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need love, consistency and commitment. They need you.

If you are committed to addressing the needs of your community, you can help make a critical difference by becoming an approved Resource Family. If you think you would like to share your home and family with a child and make a positive impact, please call to learn more. To obtain further information about becoming a Resource Family you may call 1-800-665-KIDS.

The role of resource families is to provide a caring and supportive environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. The primary goal of foster care is to provide a safe and loving home until children are able to reunify with their parents. Resource families are part of a team that includes social services staff and the biological parents working toward the goal of reunification. For children who cannot be returned to biological parents, foster placement may be the first step toward permanent placement such as adoption or guardianship.

As a resource family, you can help children during times of family crisis by providing positive parenting. Hold their hands. Take them to the library. Teach them to ride a bike or tie their shoes. For older children, helping to set educational goals provides a valuable lesson. Simple acts of caring and commitment can make an important difference in a child’s life. Your rewards will be immeasurable, and your community will benefit by having a greater number of well-adjusted children.

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services is a state licensed adoption agency and as such, is able to take relinquishments from birth parents who wish to place their child(ren) in a loving, adoptive home.

Thank you for taking an interest in caring for a child. We invite you to become a member of the Riverside County Resource Family program.