Foster Parenting

Why Become a Foster Parent?

There’s a critical need for foster homes throughout Mono County. Currently, there are only two foster homes in the whole county. We definitely need more homes to help children remain in their communities and not placed in an out of County homes, far from all they know and love.
All children need the love and support of a family to grow into healthy, productive adults. Mono County Social Services works to strengthen families, helping them provide that love and support to their children. But when children are abused or neglected and cannot safely stay in their homes, foster parents in the community can step up to help both the children placed in foster care and their families.
Each of us has unique strengths and skills and each foster parent can make a unique contribution to a child’s life. Some foster parents have a gift for working with adolescents, while others are inspired to help children with medical challenges. Some foster parents make themselves available to care for children on a short term emergency placement for a day or a week, while others are able to care for them on a longer term basis. Whatever your ability to help is, Mono County children in foster care need you.
Being a foster parent can be very hard work, but it can also be the most rewarding experience of your life. Many foster parents later adopt children they fostered, or keep in touch for many years with those who have returned home. You and your family can make a difference in the life of a child in your community!

How Do I Become a Foster Parent?

Mono County Social Services staff will work with you to obtain a foster care license which is filed through the Fresno Community Care Licensing State office.
Some of the requirements are:

  • Attend an Orientation Meeting here in Mono County—offered every 3 months
  • Foster Parent Training provided by Mono County Social Services—Free
  • Fingerprinting & Background Check
  • Health Screening & TB test
  • CPR & First Aid Certificate
  • Home Inspection & Home Study

After licensing and training are completed, children can be placed in your home. Foster parents receive a reimbursement to cover the child’s food, shelter, clothing and personal allowance based on the age and special needs of the child. Each child receives a medical card that pays for most necessary medical care. Becoming a foster parent is an important decision, and Social Services is here to support you in this critical work.

Who Can Be A Foster Parent?

Foster Parents can be married, single or same gender couples. You may or may not have children of your own. You don’t have to own your own home and you may live in an apartment.
Foster Parents come from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
To be licensed for foster care, you will need to fill out an application and:

  • Live in Mono County
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an income that covers the needs of your own family
  • Have adequate bedroom space to accommodate all family members, including foster children
  • Your home, inside and out must be safe and in good condition

For more information about becoming a foster parent, contact Marlo Preis : call 760-924-1770, or send an email to: *protected email*