Resource Family Foster Care FAQ’s

We hope the following Resource Family Foster Care FAQs will help you to make your decision about becoming a Resource/foster family. If you have questions that aren’t listed below, please feel free to contact our office.

Our children are placed in foster care as a result of abuse and/or traumatic life events. Their family is in a crisis and unable to care for them. We partner with Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.


Resource Family” is a new term for families that care for children who have been placed in foster care or adoption through the child welfare system. This term includes all foster parents, adoptive families, legal guardians, and relative/non-related extended family members.


Approval time varies depending on how efficiently families turn in their paperwork, attend trainings, and complete the home study process. Unpredictable variables may prolong the approval process. An estimated range of time is 3-5 months.


It is not necessary to own a home. Foster parents live in apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and single family homes.


Any child under the age of 2 years can share a room with the resource parents. After age 2, all children must be provided their own or shared room with another child.


Two children can share a room. Exceptions can be made in order to keep siblings together. Children ages 5 or older, must share a room with a child of the same gender or gender identification.

There is no marital status requirement for resource parents.

Resource parents are required to be at least 21 years old. Though, exceptions will be reviewed in order to keep siblings together as long as the State required minimum age, 18, is met.


There is no restriction on becoming a resource parent and working full-time. Many people enjoy fostering while also continuing to work a full-time job. If resource parents work outside the home, then arranging a back-up babysitter who can assist you with transporting a child to visits and other appointments is required.


Pets can be a wonderful part of a family and a joyful part of childhood. Unfortunately, Serenity cannot approve homes where a Rottweiler or Pit Bull lives.


A DUI within the last 10 years disqualifies you from fostering. After 10 years, a DUI is no longer a hindrance in becoming a foster parent.

Criminal record clearance depends on what shows in the Live Scan fingerprint record. Serenity cannot know what a record will show until the State and FBI send the results.

No, Serenity does not provide children to be adopted through private adoptions, but can provide private adoption home studies.


Every child and case is unique. The court aims to do what is in the best interest of the child, with family reunification being the primary goal. Serenity does not have control over a child’s adoptability.


  • Live Scan fingerprinting: estimated $150 per person, required for anyone in the home 18 years and over
  • Adult and Infant CPR and First Aid certification: offered at Serenity for $60 per person, must be taken in person, not online
  • If you have a pool, a Water Safety class is required: estimated cost of $30 per person
  • Driver’s record from DMV: estimated cost of $5 per person

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Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a resource/foster parent!
We are excited to hear from you and look forward to answering your questions.

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Thank you!
- The Serenity Staff