Home-based family care
Home-based family care (formerly known as foster care) is an opportunity to provide children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and/or neglect a place to call home. Bienvenidos, an affiliate of Hillsides, provides services to children and youth ranging from newborn to 21 years old from all backgrounds.
Family is the foundation of a child’s emotional well-being. When children are given a place to call home made up of people they can call family, they are able to heal and begin to thrive.
Beyond home-based family care, adoption is an opportunity for children to have a “forever family” when they are unable to be reunited with their birth parent(s).
The rewards of becoming a resource family (formerly known as foster family):
- Knowing you have nurtured a child in need
- Knowing you have planted seeds for success in life
- Letting a child know that they matter to you
- Filling your home with the sounds and sights of children
- Allowing yourself a stepping stone if you’re not sure of your readiness to adopt
- Strengthening your community
- It typically takes two to six months to become certified as a resource or adoptive parent.
- Our children have experienced trauma; fostering them can be challenging.
- You will invest time and love on a daily basis and perhaps not always feel its return.
- You will open your heart for a period of days, months, or years, and then be told to say goodbye should the child need to move on.
- You may find yourself bonding with a child or teen and wanting to become a legal guardian or adoptive parent.
- You will not be on this journey alone
- All resource parents receive 30 hours of intensive, interactive training that uses proven curricula
- Once a child in home-based family care is welcomed into your home, our social workers make consistent home visits and are accessible around the clock to ensure that you are supported and your child’s needs are met
- We are licensed to transform you from a resource parent to adoptive parent
Who can be a resource parent?
We welcome a diversity of resource and adoptive families, regardless of gender, race, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The requirements are that you:
- Are 21 years of age or older
- Love children
- Have a stable income
- Are able to commit to challenges
- Have a strong desire to make a difference
How do I become a resource parent?
- Contact us for an initial interview
- Attend an orientation meeting
- Complete the background clearance process
- Complete the application and required training
- Pass a home environment assessment and home study with favorable rating
- Welcome an infant, child, teen or young adult into your home!
What other information should I know?
Children in home-based family care have Medi-Cal health and dental coverage and you receive
- Free training (pre- and post-approval)
- Free initial CPR & First Aid certification
- A monthly stipend toward the child’s care
- A reapproval bonus for timely recertification
- Eligibility for referral bonuses