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HSD Family and Children's Services Foster Care and Adoption

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General Agency Information
Name:HSD Family and Children's Services Foster Care and Adoption
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz County Foster Care and Adoption
Address:1400 Emeline Avenue Bldg. K
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-345-2700
 Use California Relay: Yes
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 8-5
Description:Foster Care provides a temporary safe haven for youth who cannot stay in their homes because of abuse, neglect or their parents' inability to provide adequate care. Foster children can be any age and from any background: babies, teens, siblings, special-needs children.

Four Ways To Change A Life
1. Be a Foster Parent to a child in need.
2. Be an Adoptive Parent and provide a permanent home to a foster child.
3. Be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child's best interests inside and outside of the courtroom. Call (831) 761-2956.
**see related agencies below**

4. Be a Donor, make a monetary donation to the Youth Resource Bank by calling (831) 689-9609. Or you can join the Foster Parent Association, call (831) 426-9673.

ELIGIBILITY: 21 years of age or older, People with a variety of life experiences and from all religious, ethnic, cultural backgrounds and orientations can become successful foster parents. Foster parents may be single, married, divorced, with children, without children, LGBT, younger or older. They may rent or own their home. We are looking for people of quality who will open their hearts to our children as well as their homes.
Programs:Roots & Wings (Roots and Wings) is a new program funded through a grant by the Children's Bureau of the Federal Health and Human Services Department. The Roots and Wings initiative allows us to do the "business" of foster care differently by working collaboratively with individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and neighborhood groups who care about children in foster care.

PRIDE Parents' Resource for Information, Development, and Education: Cabrillo College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) provides PRIDE, a required pre-service training for prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Supportive Services

The County of Santa Cruz values our foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers. Our goal is to offer you the supportive services that you need to continue providing wonderful care to children in our community.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Call for Information
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:County Government
Federal Government
State Government
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:HSD Family and Children's Services-Child Protective Services
Child Agencies:Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County: CASA of Santa Cruz County
Subject Headings
 Adoption Counseling and Support
Adoption Evaluation/Placement
Adoption Information
Adoption Services
Adoptive Family Recruitment
Foster Care for Dependent Children
Foster Home Licensing
Foster Parent/Family Recruitment
Foster Parents
Government Agencies
Kinship Care
Mutual Support Groups
This record last modified May 12, 2015

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