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Relative Caregiver

ARE YOU A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF A CHILD WHO RECENTLY CAME INTO FOSTER CARE?
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PROVIDING THE CHILD A STABLE AND LOVING HOME?

  • When a child cannot live with their parents, they need temporary care in the home of someone they know, such as a relative or non-related close friend (NREFM).

  • If you want to care for a child who is related to you or is part of your extended family, you must apply to have your home approved.

  • 5 STEPS OF RESOURCE FAMILY APPROVAL (RFA) APPLICATION PROCESS
    1. Attend RFA Orientation. For more information or to register for a class, call (661) 631-6204.
    2. Receive your online e-Adopt temporary password to log-in, create your profile and begin the application process. Call (661) 873-2800 and ask for the RFA social worker of the day, or visit the Columbus Center at 3711 Columbus St., if you need help, have questions, or want to use a computer to access your online e-Adopt account during normal business hours: 8 am 5 pm.
    3. Continue the online application process by completing all of the following:
      1. Live Scan (fingerprint) all adults in home. Call (661) 631-6879 to schedule appointments.
      2. Request a criminal record exemption, as needed. Forms are on e-Adopt or call your RFA social worker.
      3. Request DMV print-out. Form is on e-Adopt or call your RFA social worker.
      4. Health & TB screen all applicants. Call (661) 321-3000 for appointments with Public Health.
      5. Complete CPR and first aid certification. Call (661) 319-1836 to register.
      6. Attend Pre-Service Training. Call (661) 319-1836 to register.
    4. Schedule a home and grounds inspection and complete a permanency planning questionnaire. Your RFA social worker will call you to discuss what to expect and how to prepare.
    5. Complete a psychosocial assessment, including individual and family interviews. Your RFA social worker will review your final report with you and give you a copy. As an approved resource family, you may be offered placement of a child.

    6. Please Note: Being approved does not guarantee placement. A social worker must consider the best interests of the child before placing a child in a home.

  • Besides caring for the child, there are other ways you can be part of their life:
    1. helping the child reunify with their parent,
    2. telling CPS about other relatives who may want to help,
    3. visiting the child at their foster home,
    4. giving information to the juvenile court (verbal or written), etc. If you can help one of these ways, or have other ideas, please call the child's social worker.
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