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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.

ELIGIBILITY: Successful adoptive parents can be any one of us: single, married, divorced, with children or without children, LBGT, young or old, homeowner or renter. We are looking for people who will open their hearts and homes to our children. Older children and siblings are in particular need of adoptive 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:

Cabrillo College Mentor Program
The mentor program offers one-on-one support for resource families. Resource family mentors are experienced foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers who have been trained to work with resource families to share their experience and knowledge. Contact Jenny Hundemer, (831) 607-9047 ( for English speakers, or Laura Xochitl Valdez Chavez, (831) 247-0718 ( for Spanish speakers.

Adoptive families can be referred for counseling with a therapist who has been trained in adoption issues through the Cabrillo College Adoption Promotion and Support program. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to the adoptive family.

Coffee Connections
Join other resource parents and social workers on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Live Oak Family Resource Center, from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, the exchange of information and ideas, and get your questions answered.

Monthly Support Groups are also available for foster, adoptive, and kinship families through Cabrillo College. Contact Deborah Helms, Director, Cabrillo College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program by calling (831) 479-6114 or e-mail
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 September 26, 2016

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