Resource Family Approval
(Formerly Foster Care & Licensing)

Resource Families provide a special service to children and to the community by providing love and ongoing care to children who cannot live with their birth families.  Community members, close friends of the birth family and relatives of the birth family can all become Resource Families.

Children come into the foster care system because their biological families are unable to take care of them. Resource Families provide temporary homes until these children can be reunited with their own parents or move on to a permanent home. Children may need care for a few weeks, a few months and occasionally long-term or even a permanent home (adoption).

Resource Families do much more than provide shelter and supervision. They accept the challenge of nurturing the children in their care by providing stability, acceptance, guidance and love.  Resource Families also ensure that the children receive the additional educational and therapeutic supports they may need.

Getting started

CFS holds orientations which are mandatory for all families interested in becoming Resource Families. At these orientations our policies and the types of children needing families are discussed in detail.

Below is the link to our orientation schedule:

July through December Orientation 2018 – ENG | ESP

If you have any questions, please call the Adoptions/Homefinding Unit at (925) 602-6910 for more information.

Continuing Education Program for Foster/Kinship Care Education Program — Fall 2018 Class Information

Foster/Kinship Parents and Group Home Administrators REVISED SCHEDULE (Replaces page 10)

Requirements for Foster Parents

Foster Care Benefits

Difficulty of Care (DOC)


Relative Assessment

Resource Family Approval Training Basics

Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP)

The Independent Living Skills program provides services to youth who are in-care or recently emancipated from the Foster Care System. Our program is staffed with Program Specialists who specialize in Education, Employment, Housing and Health and Well Being. Our program serves youth up to age 21.

Our building is made up of offices, a classroom, library computer lab and kitchen.

We teach a variety of workshops- Life Skills, Money Management, Resume Development, Young Parents Workshop, Scholarships, SAT/ACT, College Application, Housing, Cooking, etc. We try to give our youth the skills necessary to succeed after leaving the foster care system. ILSP staff also work one-on-one with youth who might not do well in a classroom setting or might need a little extra help.

Our kitchen serves as the primary area for the cooking classes and doubles as a youth break room.

With over 30 internet capable computers in our lab we are able to help youth with financial aid, employment searches and resumes, housing searches and college applications.

ILSP is also proud to be able to help youth with our very own clothes closet and food pantry. Youth can find interview or casual clothes or take home a food box at no cost to them.

Caregiver Liaison

If you are a caregiver (related and unrelated) for a Contra Costa County foster child and have concerns or need assistance, please call Caregiver Liaison, Todd Ruiz. He can assist you with issues that will support your caring for the children.

Todd can be reached at:
 [email protected]
(925) 602-6909 desk