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Foster and Adoptive Families

Steps to Becoming a Foster or Foster-Adopt Resource Parent

We understand that choosing to become a foster or adoptive parent is one of the most significant decisions you will make. We want you to know that we will be with you every step of the way, helping you to feel confident in your decision and excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. The process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent may vary slightly depending on a family’s unique situation but the steps below provide an overall guideline of what you can expect. Get started by filling out the short questionnaire on the APPLY page, call us at 877.380.4376 or email

  1. Speak with one of our Aspiranet Family Coordinators who will be glad to explain the foster and foster-adoption process, answer all your questions and help review our basic requirements. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Aspiranet professionals in your area to talk one-on-one about your needs and your interests in fostering and fostering-to-adopt.

  2. Register in Binti, an online application portal that helps guide you through the process.

  3. Schedule and attend Aspiranet’s Foster Parent Education Classes.

  4. Complete the application process including Department of Justice, FBI and Child Abuse Index background checks, obtain certification in CPR and first aid, and provide 10 years of DMV driving records.

  5. An Aspiranet Social Worker will complete a home inspection and family assessment, and will work closely with your family throughout the process to learn more about what makes your family unique with the goal of matching a child’s individual needs to your home.

  6. Once approved, Aspiranet professionals will contact you regarding potential children whose needs match your family.

Our Family Coordinators are here to answer your questions and walk you through the process so you can feel confident in your decision to move forward. Feel free to fill out our Contact Form to receive more information or call 1-877-380-4376.

Fast Facts


Children in foster care in California


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


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

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