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Become a resource family

Am I eligible to apply?

Resource family eligibility does not depend on your marital status, religion, or gender identity. You can be married, single, separated or divorced, LGBTQ+ or a same-sex family. Here are the qualifications to become a resource family:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit as long as your health and energy levels align with the needs and activities of a child or youth in your care, enabling you to actively engage and support their development.
  • Be in good physical and mental health to ensure that you can meet the needs of a child or youth coming into your home. Note that a physical exam may be required.
  • Have the ability to provide stability and consistency, love, support, and care to a child or youth in foster care. 
  • Have sufficient income to meet your current household expenses. Own or rent your home, which must have adequate space for the addition to your household.

For more information on eligibility and requirements, see California Department of Children's Services Written Directives for the Resource Family Approval Program.

Resource family application and resources