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Children's Institute, Inc.: Partners Foster Care & Adoption Program

Partners Foster Care & Adoption Program

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. Our Partners Foster Care & Adoption Program operates with this mission in mind. We support you and the child you’ll care for as you embark on a loving journey together.

Partners Foster Care & Adoption Program serves children across Los Angeles County. Our offices are located at:

CII’s Long Beach Center
4300 Long Beach Boulevard, Suite 700
Long Beach, CA 90807

Want more information about CII’s Partner’s Foster Care & Adoption Program?

Please contact Angela Barbee or call her 213.385.5100 ex. 5203.

You can also download a Foster Care/Adoption application now!

What are the ways I can foster at CII?

Resource Parents support children on a path towards healing by giving love, respect and a secure, healthy environment. Meanwhile the court system and the child’s biological parents follow a plan for reunification. We strive for reunification with birth families whenever possible.

Birth to Five Resource Parents are in great need. This is a critical age for child development, when the basic foundation of trust and respect grows between child and caregiver. Many little ones are nonverbal, lacking the channels of communication older children might have. Resource parent support is imperative as these young children grow and learn.

Treatment Resource Parents open their homes to one child who has experienced more significant trauma or loss. These children need intensive treatment to recover, and get an individualized service plan, including intensive counseling, case management, and support services. Resource parents receive special training and our team delivers close supervision to help you support your child.

Become an Adoptive Parent…
Reunification is central to CII’s foster care program, but there is always the possibility that a child cannot return to the biological parents. To prepare for these scenarios, CII’s training certifies its parents to foster or adopt. When the call comes to adopt, parents are already in process, bringing a vulnerable child closer to a permanent loving home.

When you become a resource or adoptive parent with us, you join a team. You will work with our professional staff and have access to a variety services including:

Outreach and Recruitment * Home Studies * Certification * Placement Planning * Case Management * Therapeutic Services * Support Groups * Respite Care * Family Reunification Services * Training * Family Visits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a Resource Family?

A resource family provides a safe, nurturing, and loving home to a child who has been removed from their family of origin due to issues related to abuse and/or neglect. Additionally, the Resource Family is a crucial team member in the child’s life, supporting the child’s permanency plan.

What does it take to be a Resource Family?

Some of the basic requirements are:

  • Being over 21 years of age
  • Financially secure
  • Completing and having an approved Home Assessment Assessment Includes: Physical Home Inspection & Home Study
  • Interview/Assessment
  • Passing a physical examination
  • Passing a Criminal Background Check
  • Being Caring, Compassionate and Committed, and Teaming Up with other partners in order to meet the identified needs of children

Do we have a choice in the type of child that will be referred to our home?

Yes, you have the right to decline any children for potential placement into your home. CII works very closely with our Resource Families to identify best match(es) based on the identified needs of the child in conjunction with the family’s strengths, capacity, and other individuals living in the home.

What type of financial assistance is available for the child’s food and clothing expenses?

Resource parents receive a monthly reimbursement for each child in their care. The amount depends on the age of each child. The expectation for that reimbursement is to cover a multitude of expenses related to having a child in your home, such as but not limited to: weekly allowance, clothing needs, school needs (i.e. year book, school uniforms, prom dress, etc.), participation in sports or other hobbies (i.e. guitar lessons), and so forth.

Are we required to attend training classes?

There is mandatory training for resource parents prior to becoming certified as a Resource Family. There is post-certification training as well.

The Pre-Certification training classes are designed to help resource parents gain an understanding of the foster care system, the impact of trauma on child development and behaviors, loss and grief in children, the importance of birth family and sibling relationships, the roles of the team members (Resource Parents, CII Social Workers, and County Social Workers), partnering and more.

How many children can be placed in my home?

The number of children in your home is based upon the identified capacity of your home (i.e. number of bedrooms, ages and genders of children already in your home, or to be placed in your home), and more importantly, the needs of the children to be placed in your home. For parents working with one of the Treatment foster programs, there can only be 1 child per home.

How long does it take to become a resource parent?

The amount of time that it takes to become certified is largely dependent on the family and how quickly you decide to move through the process. From the time of orientation through to certification, the length of time is approximately 8-12 weeks.

Once certified, is there any ongoing training or support available?

CII provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via on call services and during the day with your assigned Social Worker. During weekly home visits, it is important to discuss any concerns or needs you have regarding additional training or supports. The CII Social Worker will also identify and recommend training to you. As a resource parent, you are required to obtain 15 training hours every year, which can be obtained through CII Training, in-home training, community-based training, and some online training. If you are a resource parent in one of the Treatment programs, the training hours for your first year of certification are more targeted and specific.

What costs and steps do I have to take to become a certified resource parent with CII?

The out of pocket expenses are limited and few. You do need to pay for your Health Screen and TB test, DMV print out, Vehicle Inspection, and a few other costs. CII will pay for CPR and First Aid training as well as finger prints for you and your partner (the resource parents). Any other adults in the home will require finger print clearances and health screen/TB tests as well, which will be of an out of pocket expense.

Are you interested in becoming a resource parent?
Please email us with some details about yourself and we will send you more information about the process of becoming a resource or adoptive parent. Send your email to Angela Barbee with:

  • Your Name
  • Email address
  • Phone Number
  • Convenient time to call

Partners Foster Care & Adoption Program serves children across Los Angeles County. Our offices are located at:

CII’s Long Beach Center
4300 Long Beach Boulevard, Suite 700
Long Beach, CA 90807

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CII Foster Care in the Community
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