A San Diego Fostering Network
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe, stable, loving homes for infants and
toddlers in foster care throughout San Diego County.
To passionately and collaboratively care for children five and younger with diverse and exceptional families who dedicate themselves to each child’s wellbeing. Angels Family Foster Network is dedicated to ensuring infants and toddlers in foster care throughout San Diego County get the best start in life. We work with the San Diego County Department of Child Welfare Services and are licensed by the State of California as a Foster Family Agency (FFA) CCL #374603866, but we are an independent charitable organization which allows us to do things quite differently from foster care.
Angels was founded in 1998 by Cathy Richman, who served for five years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer with the San Diego County foster system. A visionary leader, Richman saw ways to improve the lives of young children placed in foster care. She believed children were best served when they were placed with one family until they reunified with their biological parent(s) or were placed for adoption. Brain and cognitive research supports what Richman knew instinctively – infants and toddlers need time to form attachments to adults, and moving from family to family denies infants and toddlers the opportunity to form deep and meaningful attachments with adults. This is why every Angles family willingly commits to the stable care of the child placed with them until otherwise determined by the County of San Diego or the juvenile court.
Richman also felt that infants and toddlers in foster care needed and deserved focused time and attention, so she established the expectation that each Angel family would care for only one child or a sibling set at a time. Additionally, Richman envisioned a network of families who not only support each other, but received ongoing assistance and education to help them be the best possible parents who foster.
Out of that vision, we placed our first child with an Angels family in 1999.
We are grateful to Richman for her wonderful service to the community and for changing the
lives of so many children and families.