Why should you join Parents by Choice?

We offer a supportive community that values and respects all of our families and children. 

Without your support, we have no ability to help children in need. You are important to us!

How do I begin?
  • It all starts with a call or click here.
  • You will be asked to attend our Foster Care Orientation
  • You will receive an Application Packet (the yellow documents are the most important documents to complete first)
  • The next step is to attend our Pre-Approval Trainings (Session 1 and 2)
  • Begin the Home Study Process
  • Complete the Mandated Reporter Training General Training

The process can take 8-12 weeks.

What are the qualifications?
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Single or Married
  • A rented or owned home/apartment with adequate bedroom space
  • The desire and ability to provide a safe, caring home for children in need
  • Able to pass a background check for all adults in the home
  • Willing to drive to Stockton, California on occasion for trainings

Other Types of Foster Care

Intensive Service Foster Care(ISFC) is a short-term treatment intervention that is designed to promote healing, stabilize the child, and facilitate a rapid move to permanency. 
Therapeutic Foster Care(TFC) is a mental health service provided by a trained foster parent who is supported and coached by a licensed PbC therapist.
When a child becomes eligible for adoption, Parents by Choice can complete the necessary paperwork and walk you through the adoption process.


What Makes Parents by Choice different from the County or another agency?

With Parents by Choice, our social workers are on call 24/7 to help in a crisis situation. We also provide trainings for free once a month, which also acts as a support group. 

What counties do you serve?

We serve multiple counties in the Central Valley area, such as San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and the south side of Sacramento county.

If I work full-time, can I be a Resource Parent?

Yes, in this case we would generally recommend fostering school-aged children unless one parent is able to be home with the child(ren).

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes. Resource parents are reimbursed on a monthly basis. Each child will be evaluated by the placing county to determine their specific needs with the first 60 days of placement and reimbursement will be adjusted accordingly. A breakdown of the rates is included in the application packet.

What is the biggest need?

We constantly receive placement calls for teenagers and children in Intensive Service Foster Care. 


Resource Parent Questionnaire

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Which method of contact do you prefer?*

Please tell us how you found this page.

Please tell us your occupation.

Please provide names, ages, and relation to everyone in the home. All residents 18 or over must be willing to be fingerprinted for criminal history.

Do you have any pets?

All animals in the home will need to be up to date on rabies shots.

House, apartment...

What ages are you considering to foster?

Please check all the ages you prefer.

What gender(s) do you prefer?

Please check all genders you would like to foster.

If you answered yes to the previous question, please tell us which agency.

You will need a license to transport children to school, visits, and possibly therapy.

What is your primary interest?

Please check all that apply.