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Our Location: Our Location: 1404 L Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: (559) 442-6925

Foster Care is a temporary form of care for children between the ages of birth and 18 years who have been, or are at risk of being, neglected and/or abused by a family member. Foster Care is also available for juveniles who can be rehabilitated in a non-institutional setting as determined by the Juvenile Justice system. A child's stay in foster care may be as short as one night or as long as several years. The length of time depends on how quickly the birth parents complete a plan that will diminish the risk of abuse or neglect.

Although the CalWORKs program replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program in California, the Foster Care program continues to use the eligibility standards of the AFDC program in effect on July 16, 1996. There are four available funding sources for foster care payments:

  • Federal funding, which requires linkage to the AFDC eligibility requirements
  • State funding
  • Emergency Assistance
  • County funding, available only if other funding sources do not apply

Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent can leave a message with their name and phone number on the Foster Care Recruitment Line at 1-877-533-5437. Calls are returned by Department of Children and Family Services licensing staff within 48 hours.