How to Adopt or Foster a Child in California | Aspiranet Adoption Steps

Foster and Adoptive Families

Foster care support for families, every step of the way

Children in foster care did nothing wrong to get there. Every foster child is unique, but the common thread that connects every experience is trauma. When a child has to be removed from their home, the reasons can be anything from abuse to neglect. Aspiranet’s Foster and Foster-Adoption program works with families who are able to provide a high level of care and help ensure consistency and hope.

Aspiranet’s Foster and Foster-Adoption program puts the needs of each child first. When you open your home to a foster child, you’re giving them a safe and stable place to live. You’re giving them a place to call home, whether it’s for a short time or permanently.

When you become a foster family, you’ll have the opportunity to build a relationship that can last a lifetime. And most importantly, you’ll give a child the greatest gift you possibly can… someone they can count on.

Each year in California, as many as 50,000 children, youth and teens are part of the foster care system. Kids in your community need you. Can you help us help them?

Sign up for more information through our contact form or call 1-877-380-4376.

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Stories from foster families

Foster and Adoptive Families

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There is no better gift than to provide a child with the love and support so they can thrive. Whether you are a foster parent, relative or extended family member, you can provide a home for a child to do just that.

Aspiranet is committed to providing the best possible care for children in foster care and helping to reunite families.

We partner with foster parents in building specialized skills to effectively care for children who have experienced instability and trauma – providing ongoing resources, information and support.

Research has proven what a difference it makes for children to have at least one caring and consistent relationship with a reliable adult.

Foster parents provide a stable, loving haven for children to begin healing from trauma and to reunite with their birth families.

When children cannot return home safely, foster parents often help with their transition to a permanent family and become an ongoing connection for the child. Sometimes they adopt or become guardians of the child.

“What could possibly be more joyous than seeing a family form and begin to make a special future together?”
— Diane Warne, Foster and Adoptive Families Division Director

Foster-Adopt programs were created to bridge the gap between a child’s initial need for temporary care and the long term need for a permanent home. Families interested in adoption start by fostering the child for a period of at least 6 months. Every situation is unique and the timeline for adoption varies. 

In most cases, the goal is to reunify the child with a birth parent or relative. When or if reunification is not viable, the child’s existing foster family is most often considered for adoption. When children cannot safely return home, foster parents can help with the transition to a permanent family or adopt. 

Children placed with families come from the Child Welfare System in California. Aspiranet needs families that are open to fostering children while actively supporting their relationship with their biological family. This can include contact with the biological family, supporting visits with the family, coordinating phone calls and encouraging healthy interactions. 

The process to become an Aspiranet Family is the same for all families interested in fostering and adoption through foster care. 

Out-of-state, out-of-country and home studies for private adoption are currently not offered by Aspiranet.

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Stories from adoptions

Foster and Adoptive Families

Trusting Fate

A chance encounter two years ago inspired Jennifer Goodrich to start a family through foster care. She was in a…

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Foster and Adoptive Families

Fostering Love

The Pillers’ home is always alive with the energy of children. Along with caring for their two young sons and…

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We believe that every child deserves to be loved and cared for inside a stable, healthy family.

Aspiranet works to assure a secure and loving home for foster youth, including adoption through foster care when returning to their families is not an option.

We are thoughtful and trustworthy in how we match foster children and youth with adoptive families, looking for the best fit where both can be successful. We partner with our families in providing education, resources and support at all stages of the adoption process.

There is no better gift than to provide a child with the love and support so they can thrive. As an adoptive family you can provide a home for a child to do just that.

“What could possibly be more joyous than seeing a family form and begin to make a special future together?”
— Diane Warne, Foster and Adoptive Families Division Director

Fast Facts

50,000

Children in foster care in California

727

Youth reunited with their families or matched with foster families annually through Aspiranet

2,000

Children transitioned from foster care to adoption, since 1999 by Aspiranet

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