Katherine Young, MSW, Director, Social Services
Donna Wheeler, LCSW, Deputy Director
Jeri Scardina, MSW, Deputy Director
Shelley Nilsen, MSW, Deputy Director

929 Koster Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Foster Parent Recruitment in Humboldt County

We are looking for families like you who want to help out in your neighborhood and community.

Foster parents are people like you who believe that children are worthy of their best efforts – every day.

Foster parents are people who genuinely care about the well-being of children and their families. They are people who are married, single, retired, working, students, have children (or not) who provide needed stability for youth in foster care. Foster parents understand that children will thrive in a home where they are cared for unconditionally.

If you are interested in helping to fulfill this need in our community, please take a moment to learn more about fostering our children.

The basic requirements for becoming a foster parent are:
  • 21 years of age, or older
  • Attend a foster parent orientation
  • Complete 24 hours of pre-service training
  • Meet state licensing requirements for housing and safety
  • Be a team player with the goal to meet the needs of the foster youth
  • Accept the temporary nature of foster care
  • Participate in aiding the foster youth’s transition back to his or her family or to an adoptive home

For more information please call: (707) 441-5013

Step 1: Attend a Foster Parent Orientation

Foster Parent Orientations are offered on the third Wednesday of each month, except for December. Attending an orientation is your opportunity to learn more about Humboldt County’s foster care program and how you can be a part of our team. You are not obligated to become a foster parent when you attend the orientation.

Here you will learn basic requirements for becoming foster parents, including PRIDE training classes and requirements held by California Community Care Licensing. You will be given your first packet of paperwork and foster parent resource materials.

For the next orientation date please call: (707) 441-5013.

Step 2: PRIDE Training

The Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) curriculum was designed specifically for foster and adoptive parents to increase knowledge and skills in five essential competency categories:
  1. protecting and nurturing children
  2. meeting children’s developmental needs, and addressing developmental delays
  3. supporting relationships between children and their families
  4. connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
  5. working as a member of a professional team

Through the PRIDE training sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice the knowledge and skills you will need as a new foster parent. Your readiness to foster will be assessed in the context of your ability and willingness to meet the essential competencies.

In addition to completing the PRIDE curriculum, foster parents must also be First Aid and CPR certified.

All foster parent classes and trainings are held free of charge and in collaboration with College of the Redwoods Foster and Kinship Care Education Program. For a current training calendar please call: (707) 441-5013.

Professional Team

Youth in foster care often have many professional service providers who work together to meet their needs. This team may consist of the following: the foster parent(s), the youth’s parent(s) or relatives, a Child Welfare Services Social Worker, an Adoptions Social Worker, a counselor, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), teachers, and other community representatives.

When a youth is removed from his or her home, moves to a foster home or relative placement, or returns home a Team Decision Making (TDM) meeting will be held. A TDM brings together people who are involved with the family to make a decision about the care and placement of the youth. TDM meetings focus on keeping the youth safe while preserving family and community connections.

Benefits of a TDM meeting:
  • Improved quality of decisions – more information, more ideas
  • Involves and gives a voice to families, caregivers, service providers, and community
  • People and places important to the youth are acknowledged and respected
  • Children are more likely to remain in their communities, neighborhoods, and schools

Foster Parent Resources

Being a foster parent is a tough job and you are not expected to do it all on your own. There are several resources available to assist foster parents through their sometimes trying experiences with foster youth and service providers.

Foster Parent Mentor Program – During your first year of foster parenting, you may be paired with a more experienced foster parent who will offer guidance. Assignments are done in coordination with College of the Redwoods Foster and Kinship Care Education Program and Child Welfare Services Staff.

New Directions of Humboldt Foster Family Association offers members monthly training, advocacy, support groups, and more. Typically the association meets the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 at Eureka Nazarene Church, 2039 E Street, Eureka CA. 95501. For more information and to arrange on-site childcare, please contact Rose Baker at 496-6070.

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