California Adoption & Foster Care

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal process which permanently gives parental rights to adoptive parents. As a result of the legal relationship the adoptee terminates any legal rights then in existence with the biological or legal parent(s) and becomes the legal heir of the adopter. There is domestic type of adoption when a non-relative child is adopted within the US, international adoption referring to adopting a non-relative child from another country, stepparent adoption, when a child, who is the legal child of one’s spouse, is adopted, and adult adoption, that is the adoption of an adult from within the United States.


California is considered the state with the most adoptions (followed closely by New York). About 5,500 children are adopted each year, and about 2,000 California children need an adoptive family every day. The vast majority of adoptions here is domestic. Domestic adoptions are of two basic types: independent (arranged by an attorney, with full openness in identities between the birth and adoptive parents) and agency.

According to California law, in an independent adoption the birthparent personally selects the adoptive parents as she cannot forfeit that decision to another person. The birth parent placing the child for adoption must receive an advisement of rights, responsibilities, and options from an Adoption Service Provider (ASP). The birth parent must also sign an Independent Adoption Placement Agreement (AD 924), which in 30 days automatically becomes an irrevocable consent to adoption unless revoked within that time. Eighty-five percent of all newborn adoptions in California are accomplished via independent adoption.

Agency adoptions in their turn are of two types: private and public/county, depending on the types of children they serve. Public/county agencies help adopt children who are usually under governmental control, typically living in a foster home. Private agencies focus mainly on newborn placements, though many also serve waiting children. All agencies must be licensed by the State of California.

Prior to the placement of a child the adoptive parent has a home study completed. The agency then takes the relinquishment of the birth mother (and father if available). For six months following the adoptive placement, the agency supervises the placement, and then can write to the court to approve the adoption. Typically the adoptive parents are fingerprinted (run through the child abuse registry and criminal index), provide letters of reference, provide proof of marriage if married (although singles may adopt), complete a health and social history, and demonstrate a preparedness to provide a loving home. A court can then grant the adoption in a simple court hearing in which both adoptive parents and the child appear.

The process of  adopting a child includes an orientation with a local licensed public adoption agency or a CDSS adoptions district office, completing and submitting a written application, participating in a “family assessment” which consists of a thorough review of the adoptive applicants’ criminal, medical, employment, emotional, marital, and life history and their home environment, as required by law.

In an agency adoption, the process may take anywhere from six months to a year to complete an adoption family assessment. Most adoptive placements occur one to several months after the family assessment has been approved.

In an independent adoption, the process will vary based on when the prospective adoptive parents have been chosen by birth parents. However, the department or delegated county adoption agency must investigate the proposed adoption within 180 days after they receive a copy of the filed petition and 50 percent of the adoption fee.

Adoption Attorneys in California

Adoption Law Group

Law Offices of Randall Hicks

Law Offices of John J. Pearson APLC

Talkov Law Corp.

Cecil Cianci Law, PC

Law Offices of David H. Baum

The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer

805 Law Group

Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC

Donnelly & Evans, LLP

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is a system that attempts to provide stability for children who cannot or should not live in homes with their biological parents by placing them in homes with adults who have been licensed to care for children. Foster housing is, ideally, a temporary solution until children can return to their homes.

Foster parents must be 25 years or older, have access to reliable transportation, demonstrate financial stability, and a general ability to care for children. Here’s a partial list of requirements.

Foster homes can have a maximum of six children, including children who were birthed by the foster parent(s). Normally two children of the same sex are can share a room although there are a couple of exceptions based on age.

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing foster care and adoption services and helpful information.

Los Angeles County

Foster Family Agencies are licensed childcare facilities that host children placed by Los Angeles County placement agencies. You can contact the Foster Care Audits and Rates Branch if you have questions.

Foster Care Audits and Rates Branch
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, M.S. 8-11-74
Sacramento, CA 95814

Kinship Center

Focusing on children with special circumstances, Kinship Center’s foster center provides both short and long term parenting:

  • Therapeutic Foster Care for children who need special attention and cannot safely stay in a home with their birth parents.
  • Intensive Treatment Foster Care for children with serious needs.This is only available in Santa Clara.
  • Short term care is provided for infants and toddlers who may become available for adoption.
  • Care for Medically Fragile or Developmentally Disabled Children for children with special medial or developmental needs.
  • Therapeutic Foster Care and Medically Fragile Foster Care (STAR Program)

18302 Irvine Blvd., Suite 300
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: 714-881-8640; 1-888-466-6693
Fax 714-979-8135

Extraordinary Families (formerly known as Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency)

The team at Extraordinary Families supports their goals of find homes and providing services for foster children in Los Angeles by performing two important roles. First, they recruits, trains, and supports foster homes that it believes provide a high quality environment. Second, they implement policy and practice reforms across the county. Additionally, Extraordinary Families has been recognized for its support of Gay and Lesbian households.

Policy and advocacy highlights include:

  • working with the foster community, including judges, attorneys, social workers, and foster youth, to implement better practices for transition planning at court. The percentage of youth ages 14-21 having a complete plan for their transition to adulthood increased from 50% of to 89%;
  • Increasing the length of time a youth may spend in an Independent Living Program from 24 to 26 months; and
  • Assisting the connection between UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare graduate social work students and foster youth.

Extraordinary Families
155 North Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 365 2900

FFA License #: 191500291
Adoption License #: 197808689

Adopt International

Adopt International is a 501c3 Non-Profit Hague accredited adoption agency licensed throughout California and Hawaii. The agency provides both domestic and international adoption placement services.

1000 Brannan Street, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (800) 969-6665

Adoption Connection

Adoption Connection is a non-profit, licensed adoption agency and a non-sectarian program affiliated with Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Adoption Connection works with pregnant women and their families anywhere in the United States.

Adoption Connection provides home study services to families who live throughout the 19 California counties in which the agency is licensed: Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.

1710 Scott Street
PO Box 159004
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-359-2494

Adoption Horizons

Adoption Horizons is a community-based adoption agency licensed to conduct home studies, provide adoptive parent education and facilitation, and complete state required post-placement services.

Adoption Horizons is based in Eureka, California and offers a variety of domestic programs and services to families considering adoption. The agency is licensed to work in Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba.

10 West 7th Street, Suite F,
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 444-9909

Adoptions Unlimited Inc.

Adoptions Unlimited Inc. is a full-service private adoption agency licensed to conduct a wide range of adoption related services.  The agency offers supportive services to birth parents to assist them through the creation of their adoption plan and safeguarding the wellbeing of their unborn child.

The agency also partners with other adoption agencies and adoption attorneys to collaborate for a successful and appropriate adoptive match between adoptive parents and birth parents.

4091 Riverside Drive
Suite 115
Chino, California 91710
Phone: (909) 902-1412

Alpha Adoption Centers

Alpha Adoption Centers is dedicated to finding appropriate matches for adoptive children and families. They provide complete domestic adoption services, home study to finalization and have a team of social workers who provide education and support to families throughout the home study and adoption process.

Alpha Adoption Centers provides services, including:

  • Free Professional Training
  • SAFE Home Study Assessment
  • Parent to Child matching upon certification
  • Pre-placement visits and help with transitioning
  • Assistance with the Finalization Process
  • Support Groups (Pre and Post Adoptions)

Riverside Office:
5053 La Mart Drive
Suite 107
Riverside, California 92507
Phone: (951) 369-5282
(877) 955-2122

West Covina Office:
1044 W. West Covina Parkway
West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: 626-939-9100


Alternative Family Services Adoption Agency

Offering two programs for adopting foster children and youth AFS helps children within the foster care system find permanent homes.

The Fost-Adopt program is an opportunity for individuals and families with the specific intention of adopting a foster child or youth. In the Fost-Adopt program, foster children are placed with Fost-Adopt parents before the child’s biological parent’s parental rights have been terminated. The Fost-Adopt parents commit to adopt the child when the child is legally free to be adopted.

The Adoption Conversion Program provides the opportunity for existing foster families to adopt their foster child. AFS helps families interested in adopting their foster children through the entire legal adoptions process at no expense to the family, including helping the family access ongoing special aid to adoption funds available from public sources.

Oakland Office
401 Roland Way, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: (510) 839-3800

Pleasanton Office
5167 Johnson Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: (925) 474-2154

San Rafael Office
361 Third Street, Suite G
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 482-1640

Vallejo Office
160 Glen Cove Marina Rd, Suite 102
Vallejo, CA 94591
Phone: (707) 648-2000

Sacramento Office
8795 Folsom Blvd, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916) 254-5200

San Francisco Office
250 Executive Park Blvd, Suite 4900
San Francisco, CA 94134
Phone: (415) 656-0116

Santa Rosa Office
Administrative Offices
1421 Guerneville Rd, Suite 218
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 576-7700

Aviva Family and Children’s Services Inc.

Aviva Family and Children’s Services is a non profit, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization committed to provide services like Wraparound Services, Community Mental Health Services, Foster Family and Adoption Services and Residential Treatment Services.

Aviva Foster Family and Adoption Services is a licensed agency that provides trained, caring families for children ages birth to 21 who are among the most vulnerable and neglected in Los Angeles County.

7120 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323.876.0550

Better Life Children Services

Better Life Children Services is a local community based agency licensed by the State of California as an Adoption and Foster Family Agency.  Better Life is licensed to provide domestic home study reports if requested by families.

1750 Howe Ave, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 641-0661

Catholic Charities Adoption Agency

Catholic Charities Adoption Agency is a state-licensed private adoption agency within Catholic Charities. The agency aims to inform and educate pregnant women and prospective adoptive parents about the adoption process in order to build a foundation for making decisions that promote a safe, loving, and permanent family for each child.

They provide adoptive parents with services including Program Orientation, Adoption Education, Home Studies, Home Study Updates, Counseling, Placement Support, Post-Adoption Services and Interstate Compact Services.

349 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-2828

Chrysalis House, Inc.

Chrysalis House is a full-service, non-profit adoption agency providing adoption services to families in 26 counties throughout the state of California. Chrysalis House is a member of the California Association of Adoption Agencies (CAAA), Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS), and is Hague Accredited through March 2018. CHI offers programs for domestic, foster-to-adopt, and international adoptions, and provide other adoption services upon request.

7395 North Palm Bluffs Avenue
Suite 106
Fresno, California 93711-5767
Phone: (559) 229-9862
(866) 272-3678
Email: (Peggy Schulze – Adoption Services Manager)

EMQ FamiliesFirst

EMQ FamiliesFirst is a statewide nonprofit that has a comprehensive network of coordinated services designed to aid children, adolescents, and families at all levels of need.

The EMQ Families First Adoption Program searches throughout the state of California to help families find children waiting to be adopted.

251 Llewellyn Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone:  (408) 379-3790

Family Builders

Family Builders is a member of the national Family Builders Adoption Network, the Child Welfare League of America, the California Association of Adoption Agencies, and the Adoption Exchange Association. The agency is also an accredited member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.

“Foster To Adoption” is the agency’s core program focusing on guiding families through the adoption process for children who are in foster care and available to be adopted. Family Builders prepares and supports couples and single parents from orientation to trainings and to home studies and post-placement/adoption-adoption support to meet the needs of children waiting to be adopted.

401 Grand Avenue
Suite 400
Oakland, California 94610
Phone: (510) 272-0204

Family Connections Christian Adoptions

Family Connections Christian Adoptions is a state-licensed, Hague-accredited, full-service adoption agency with six locations throughout California. The agency focuses on placing waiting children into loving, forever families. These are children in foster care in California; children in overseas orphanages; and children whose birth parents wish to make a voluntary adoption plan. FCCA also provides assistance to many legal guardians and foster parents who wish to adopt.

1120 Tully Road
Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: (209) 524-8844

1111 Howe Avenue, #660
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 568-5966

7257 No. Maple, #101
Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 325-9388

3150 Pio Pico Dr, Suite 105
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 730-9576

4882 McGrath, Suite 240
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 477-7400

1540 Marsh Street, Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 542-9084


Holy Family Services

HFS is an accredited, California state-licensed adoption and foster care agency that provides direct services to birth parents, prospective adoptive parents, adult adoptees adopted through the agency, and interim foster care providers. As a state-licensed Adoption Service Provider HFS also administers birth parent counseling and conducts home studies for prospective adoptive parents involved in inter-state and international adoptions.

840 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles CA 90026
Phone: (213) 202-3900

1407 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino CA 92405
Phone: (909) 885-4882

1231 E Chapman Ave
Fullerton CA 92831
Phone: (714) 680-6100

80 East Hillcrest Ave Suite 206
Thousand Oaks CA 91360-4219
Phone: (213) 202-3900

Hope 4 Kids

A program of Development Solutions, Inc., Hope 4 Kids is a non-profit (501c3) Foster Care & Adoption Agency licensed by the State of California. Hope 4 Kids is committed to providing loving Foster & Adoptive homes for abused, abandoned, and disadvantaged children by working closely with the local churches and community to locate, equip, and certify quality families and individuals that are excited about caring for children. The agency offers ongoing training and counseling for children, biological families, foster parents, and adoptive parents in order to facilitate healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.

PO Box 1235
San Juan Capistrano, California 92693
Phone: (949) 496-9430

(License #306099614)

Independent Adoption Center

IAC is the largest, oldest, and most experienced open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed not only in California, but also in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.

As a nonprofit organization IAC  focuses on counseling and support and is committed to providing both birthparents and adoptive parents with the most comprehensive counseling support available.

The services IAC offers include:

  • Professional counseling and support groups for birthparents during the open adoption process and after placement—including grief and loss counseling.
  • Professional counseling and support groups for adoptive parents during all phases of the process.
  • Adoptive parent home studies and updates.
  • Birthparents relinquishments.
  • Post-placement supervision.
  • Interstate compact work for out-of-state birthparents.
  • Finalization reports six months after birth.
  • National, regional and local community outreach and advertising, directed towards birth parents, social service professionals and other referral sources.

2300 Clayton Rd
Suite 1150
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 827-2229

5777 W Century Blvd
Suite 1450
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 215-3180

770 L St
Suite 953
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 456-7759

Infant of Prague – Central California Adoption Service

Infant of Prague – Central California Adoption Service is committed to serving the needs of children and building healthy families through education, supportive counseling, and healthy, modern adoption practice.

They offer programs like Adoptive Parent Program (Domestic adoptions, Evening or weekend group adoption training, Completion of state required “home study”, Placement and follow-up services, assistance with finalization, post finalization consultation), Birthparent program and Adoption Counseling.

6059 North Palm Avenue
Fresno, California 93704
Central Valley (559) 447-3333
Central Coast (805) 709-5662

International Christian Adoptions (ICA)

International Christian Adoptions is a non-profit, licensed adoption and foster family agency that provides birth parents, adoptive parents and children with compassionate and caring services.
Staffed by qualified and well-trained Christian professionals. ICA offers support groups and counseling services for birth parents, adopted children, adoptive parents, foster children and foster parents. The agency also provides ongoing support for the adoptive family and the children they are parenting, including support groups and pre/post placement.

41745 Rider Way #2
Temecula, CA 92590
Phone:  951.695.3336

Kern Bridges Youth Homes

KBYH has been providing adoption services since 1999 and currently provides foster/adoption services, domestic independent adoption home study services, and post-adoption services.  The agency also provides Post Adoption Services, including Adoption support group, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling services for the child(ren) and/or family, Adoptions Resource Room, parenting classes and materials and assistance in accessing resources and advocacy services.

1321 Stine Road
Bakersfield CA, 93309
Phone: 661-396-2301

Koinonia Family Services

Koinonia Family Services is a premier foster and adoption agency with offices throughout California and Nevada. Koinonia Family Services specializes in providing programs and services designed to address the special challenges faced by today’s abused and neglected children and young people. Koinonia adoption workers support the families throughout the adoption process.

3725 Taylor Road
Suite 1
Loomis, California 95650
Phone: (916) 577-7980
(877) 937-2367

Adoption License: 317003143

Nightlight Christian Adoptions

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is a full-service, Hague accredited child placement agency. Pioneering the first embryo adoption program in 1997 Nightlight also offers programs including comprehensive International, Foster care, Domestic and Homestudy services. With licensed offices in California, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma the agency assists families in all 50 states.

The agency’s  Domestic adoption program offers adoption counseling services and provides home study, pre-adoption education and post-adoption services for families residing in states where the agency is licensed. They also offer Foster Adoption in Colorado and California.

4430 E. Miraloma Ave, Suite B
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Phone: (714) 693-5437

Penny Lane Centers

Penny Lane Centers is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization providing therapeutic residential services, foster family home placements, adoption services, transitional and affordable housing, family preservation, wraparound and mental health services for children youth and families throughout Los Angeles County.

Penny Lane Centers provides  information, guidance, training, and support to become an adoptive parent. The organization also provides services for independent adoptions and agency adoptions including relinquishments, home studies (family assessment), birth parent counseling and post placement visits.

15305 Rayen Street
North Hills, California 91343
Phone: (818) 894-3384

Rebekah Children’s Services

Rebekah Children’s Services Adoption Program was established in 2002 and now offers adoption and foster care assistance, as well as other support services that can benefit the entire family.  Their Family Linkage program  is designed to give families the support they need during the San Jose adoption or foster care process.

Rebekah Children’s Services
San Jose Adoption and Foster Care
1600 W Campbell Ave, Ste 201
Campbell , CA 95008.
Phone: (408) 340-6477

Sierra Forever Families

Sierra Forever Families is a private, nonprofit agency that facilitates the development of forever families by making the best possible connections between children and families.  The agency provides a full range of programs and services to support each family and child from first contact through to post-adoption. These programs include adoption & permanency services, post adoption services, trainings, Wonder Mentor program, as well as Family Preservation services to every type of family – birth, kinship, foster, and adoptive.

8928 Volunteer Lane, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916) 368-5114

275 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 887-9982

The Family Network, Inc.

The Family Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Hague-Accredited, licensed adoption agency in the state of California  committed to helping families through every step of the adoption process.

The Family Network offers domestic, international, embryo and foster adoption services, including adoption homestudies, foster care adoption, placement of special needs children from China, relinquishment of parental rights, interstate compact agreements and administration, post placement reports, agency court work, coordination with placing agencies, and coordination with immigration. The Family Network social workers specialize in educating and supporting adoptive parents in their parenting for attachment efforts.

2959 Park Avenue
Suite D
Soquel, California 95073
Phone: (831) 462-8954

Valley Teen Ranch

Valley Teen Ranch is licensed by the California Department of Social Services as a Residential Treatment Group Home, Therapeutic Foster Family Agency and Adoption Agency.

The agency received  Adoption License from the State of California, Department of Social Services in 1998 to assist foster parents in adopting process. They also provide home studies for adoptive families needing that service.

Valley Teen Ranch
2610 W. Shaw Ln., Ste. 105
Fresno, CA 93711-2775
Phone: (559) 437-1144

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

Vista Del Mar is considered the oldest and most trusted adoption agency in Southern California. The agency is licensed, accredited, approved, and nationally recognized as a leader in the field of adoption.

Their services include:

  • Free Monthly Orientations
  • Pre-Adoption Workshops
  • Home Study Services
  • Matching Services with Birth Parents
  • Counseling and Support
  • Birth Parent Advisement
  • Birth Parent Relinquishment and Termination of Birth Father Rights
  • ICPC (Interstate Compact Services)
  • Post Placement Supervision
  • Preparation of Court Documents
  • Post Adoption Services
  • Adoption Service Provider (ASP)
  • Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)

3200 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone:  (310)836-1223

Families for Children

Families For Children, Inc is a full service California licensed private Non-Profit 501c(3) Adoption & Foster Family Agency with the mission  to assist in finding permanent adoptive families for the California children currently in foster care and provide short term foster homes for children temporarily removed from their biological parents.

Families For Children provides Fost/Adopt, Foster Care services, as well as Foster Parent Training and Post Adoptive Support throughout Northern California for adoptive and foster parents.

2990 Lava Ridge Court
Suite #170
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 789-8688
(800) 955-2455

562 Manzanita Ave
Suite 1
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: (530) 343-6674

7700 Edgewater Drive
Suite 742
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: (510) 567-1850

370 Chadbourne Road
Suite C
Fairfield, CA 94534
Phone: (707) 435-0166

4989 Golden Foothill Parkway
Suite 3
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 933-3341

Adoption State License #: 317001848

Lilliput Children’s Services

Licensed by the State of California Lilliput Children’s Services is a private, non-profit agency and  a leading Kinship Care services provider in California.
Working with birth, foster, kinship, and adoptive families in communities throughout Northern California they are committed to ensuring that every child is safe and nurtured within a family who has a life-long commitment to the child.

They provide Adoption/Foster Care, Kinship Care, Post-Adoption services, counseling and support services as well as customized training and consultation and are also specialized in Permanency focused foster care and Concurrent Planning, Transracial Adoption, Clinical Issues in Foster, Adoption or Kinship Care and Adoption Agency Administration and Technical Assistance.

8391 Auburn Blvd
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: (800) 325-5359
(916) 923-5444

AASK (Adopt a Special Kid)

AASK provides adoption, foster care, and family support  striving to inspire change in the lives of children in foster care by promoting and sustaining permanent families. They recruit and train adoptive parents, nurture stable homes for foster kids, and educate and support families to thrive.

8201 Edgewater Drive, Suite 103,
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone:  (510) 553-1748 x12
(888) 680-7349

Agape Villages

Agape Villages is a licensed foster family agency  serving disadvantaged children, adolescents and young adults from newborn to 21 years of age through their program. They accept referrals from California’s Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services and County Mental Health Departments and place children in foster homes in communities located in 14 Northern California counties.

Their services include:
On-call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Weekly in-home case management by a master’s level social worker.
Effective training requirement prior to certification as competent, fully qualified foster parents.
Support groups to meet the need of their foster families.
Substantial financial support for foster families.

3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120
San Ramon, CA 94583-1338
Phone: 925-866-3020
Toll free: 866-922-4273

Angels Foster Family Network

Angels Foster Family Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, licensed foster family agency specializing in providing exceptional families for infants and toddlers in San Diego County. They are viewed by the County Child Welfare Department as “the baby experts”, and are frequently contacted first when a baby in danger is removed from the home. They offer all the tools and support needed to become an effective foster family training  and guiding parents through the foster care process.

9295 Farnham Street, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone:  (619) 283-8100


Being among California’s largest youth and family service agencies Aspiranet is dedicated to providing shelter, care, and support services for abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. They  provide a coordinated network of home, school and community-based programs focusing on three primary areas of services, including Foster Care and Adoption Services, Services to Strengthen and Support Families and Youth and School-Based Programs.

Today Aspiranet is considered one of the state’s largest and most innovative providers of family service and foster care programs. They also serve children with special needs and since 1997, Aspiranet’s Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) Program has placed severely emotionally disturbed children with foster families willing to care for them.

400 Oyster Point Blvd. Suite 501,
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: 650.866.4080

Beta Foster Care (BFC)

Licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services to serve as a Treatment Foster Family Agency , Beta Foster Care (BFC) provides private foster family placement for children in Orange County who have been removed from their parents’ custody due to abuse and neglect.

The services BFC provides include:

  • Weekly individual counseling to all foster children age 5 years and older to help them cope with the trauma of being separated from their parents.
  • Weekly professional tutoring services to foster children at the Laguna Niguel office in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education.
  • Weekly professional social services to foster children in the foster homes and support to foster parents to ensure quality of care.

Also BFC provides ongoing foster parent continuing education workshops and foster home tutorials. During the summer they provide camp experiences for the children.

South Orange County Office
23276 South Pointe
Drive, Suite 213
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone:  (949) 600-7722
Facility License#: 306004132

North Orange County Office
860 E. La Habra
Blvd., Suite 170
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: (562) 690-8220
Facility License#: 306004164



Managing a multi-county network of foster homes Bienvenidos provides foster care services to children and siblings who cannot remain at home with their birth parents. Foster and adoptive parents are given the support, resources, and tools they need to help fragile children who are referred to Bienvenidos on a 24/7 basis overcome trauma, stress and fear they have experienced.

501 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (213) 785-5906

Foster Family Network, ChildNet

Foster Family Network was established by ChildNet and licensed by the State of California, Community Care Licensing Division. The program accepts children and non-minor dependents (over age 18) referred to FFN by county child welfare/social services agencies for placement in loving foster homes. FFN’s social-work staff provides ongoing training and support for the foster families. ChildNet also carries out Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program (ITFC) to provide specialized mental health and behavioral services to children who have suffered multiple complex traumas. Other services include foster parent training, mental/psychiatric services, referral services and supportive counseling/consultation and case management services to foster parents by social workers.

4155 Outer Traffic Circle
Long Beach , CA  90804
Phone: 562-498-5500

Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc.

Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit community based organization, committed to ensuring stability and life sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. They strive to provide the resource families with best possible training and 24/7 support by experienced social workers/mentors and equip older foster youth with the skills they will need to be productive adults in the real world.
Mountain Circle Foster Family Agency is a therapeutic program designed to serve children in foster care through age 18 providing a higher level of care than State or County licensed homes.

555 East Ave,
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: 1(530)895-1110

44A North Lassen Street,
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone: 1(530)257-7407

312 Crescent St,
Greenville, CA 95947
Phone: 1(530)284-7007


Mountain Circle Foster Care License # 325001214

Our Children’s Keeper Child and Family Services

A subsidiary of MU’EED, Incorporated, a non-profit 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation, the agency aims at raising awareness of the needs of foster youth and promoting safer stronger families and communities by various programs and services.

They recruit, screen, and train potential foster parents, provide support and oversight to the foster families once they are certified and foster children are placed in their home.  They also recruit and train volunteers to work with foster children and birth families in their mentoring program which is designed to provide one-on-one support to foster children and birth parents as they navigate through the foster care system.

2628 El Camino Ave Suite A-6
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone:  916-486-1737


Paradise Oaks Foster Family Agency

Paradise Oaks Foster Family Agency is designed to accept boys and girls between the ages of 0-17 to provide treatment foster care. All children are provided with an Individualized Treatment Plan (I.T.P.), formulating a therapeutic plan of intervention to help the child modify his or her behavior through the assistance of an assigned Agency Social Worker.

Foster parents in their turn are provided with highly qualified, professional staff, financial support, in-depth training, 24 hour support and monthly respite care services to encourage and support them in the challenging task of parenting a foster child.

7806 Uplands Way,
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: 916.967.6253

Share Homes, Inc.

Share Homes Family Services strives to enhance the lives of children by assisting parents through the adoption and foster care process, supervised visitation, counseling and parenting classes with the continued goal of protecting children at all times. They receive foster children from various different agencies and provide 6 different types of foster placements: Respite care, usually done on a short-term basis, Reunification, aiming to reunify or returned children to their birth family members, Emergency Placement, Long term foster placements usually for older children in the foster care system, Adoption and Concurrent planning.

210 N School Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Phone: (209) 334-6376

9149 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: (916) 714-1205

License #: 397004447