- At any given time, there are over 900 children in foster/kinship care in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
- The Family Care Network serves almost 100 foster children per month, but turns away children each month due to a lack of foster families!
- Research has shown that children receive more effective care when placed in a family setting than when placed in institutional care. For this reason, California has worked to substantially reduce group home placements, opting to instead place high-needs children with agencies like FCNI. But there are still thousands of children being cared for in group homes who need foster families to receive the support necessary for success.
- Have a genuine desire to help foster children, especially youth with challenging circumstances.
- Be willing to regularly participate in training and support groups.
- Possess a home that meets state health and safety requirements, and have the ability to provide safe, reliable transportation.
- Have no criminal record and be free from drug and/or alcohol problems.
Qualified Foster Parents will Receive
- Tax exempt monetary compensation based on type of foster care provided.
- Respite and 24/7 support from professional staff.
- Excellent training, including but not limited to: CPR/ First Aid, Communication and Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Training, behavioral management and crisis intervention.