+ How is Angels different?
- Foster only one child or sibling set at a time.
- Focus specifically on children five and younger who have been placed in foster care
- Willingly commit to the stable care of the child and agree to keep them until permanency (family reunification or adoption) occurs.
- Consider it a privilege to parent a child in foster care and do so as a contribution to the community
- Receive in-depth training related to children 5 years of age and younger
- Are carefully screened and matched to the child to ensure stability of care. (Traditional foster care does not rule out short-term placements and children may experience an average of three placements during their first year in care.)
- Receive weekly visits and support from their Angels Clinical Case Manager, who is available for parent visitations and court dates, as needed
- Appreciate their Angels Clinical Case Managers carry smaller caseloads and are focused only on the support of our children and families
+ Why should I become a Resource Family with Angels?
- Caring for children five and younger in foster care is all we do
- There are many wonderful organizations who consider it a privilege to parent a child in foster care and do so as a contribution to the community
- Foster one child or sibling set at a time
- Receive in-depth training related to children 5 years of age and younger
- Agree to care for a child until permanent placement is decided
- Are carefully matched to the child to ensure that this placement is the best and only placement. (Traditional foster care does not rule out short-term placements and children may experience an average of three placements during their first year in care.)
- Receive weekly visits and support from their Angels Clinical Case Manager, who is available for parent visitations and all court dates, as needed
- Appreciate that their Angels Clinical Case Managers carry smaller caseloads and are focused only on the support of our children and families
+ Is Angels a county-run foster care agency?
No. Angels is non-profit charity, licensed as a foster family agency (CCL #374603866) by the State of California and operates independently but in close cooperation with the Child Welfare Services Department of San Diego County.
+ What are the requirements for becoming an Angels parent who fosters?
Basic requirements include:
- Attend an Information Session
- Fingerprint and child abuse index clearance
- Medical Doctor's approval to care for young child(ren), TDAP vaccine, and TB test
- DMV printout, current auto insurance, and driver's license
- Successful completion of our specialized training program
- Home study including several in-depth family interviews
- Must be 21 years of age (our preference is 25 years old)
+ Can single individuals be certified/approved to care for a child in foster care?
Yes. Angels does not discriminate against individuals who meet all of the qualifications to become an Angels parent. We recognize that parents and families come in different shapes and sizes, and we respect everyone's desire to care for a child.
+ How long does the process take to become an Angels family?
As with all things in foster care, every case is different and each family will go through the process in different time frames. Four to eight months is the typical length of time it takes to become an approved Resource Parent / Family. Families who make completing the approval process a personal priority are often able to complete it in six months or less.
+ Where do children served by Angels come from?
Children come to Angels after they have been taken into protective custody by County of San Diego Child Welfare Services.
+ Do Angels children have contact with their birth parent(s)?
All children in foster care have court-ordered reunification plans. Angels parents are responsible for making sure that the children are available to visit with their parents as ordered by the court. As a resource family you will coordinate / arrange the visits with the biological parents and ensure they fit everyone's schedule. Visits are held at the Angels office or in a public place such as a park, community center, or library. Visits are never held at the home of the resource family or biological family.
+ Who is with me at the visits?
Resource parents supervise each visit and along with providing a written summary. For your first visit and if needed, your Angels Clinical Case Manager or other Angels Staff member will be present to assist with establishing the expectations and requirements for visits.
+ How long will a child stay with us?
A phrase you will come to understand is that every case is different. Reunification with biological family is the primary goal of the County, the Court and Angels for every case. However, these biological parents must comply with the court's orders to regain custody, so the length of placement varies. At Angels, we ask that our resource families commit to caring for the child or sibling set until a final placement decision is made. This may take up to two years but most often occurs in ten to twelve months.
+ I thought only older children needed foster homes, is this true?
Forty percent of the children in foster care in San Diego are under the age of five. This is the largest group in foster care, and the most vulnerable.
+ I have heard that children in foster care have medical issues, how often is this true?
Some children have medical issues, and some do not. The most common issues we see are neglect, malnutrition, physical abuse, in-utero drug exposure and abandonment, though this is not always the case. When there are issues, we have found that a loving and nurturing environment restores children to optimum health very quickly.
+ Does the county provide medical coverage?
Medi-Cal provides medical and dental coverage for each child placed in foster care.
+ Will I receive any compensation for caring for an Angels child?
Resource parents/families receive a stipend payment from Angels funded by federal, state and local sources to cover / defray the expenses (clothes, food, diapers etc…) of providing care to a child in foster care. Angels Resource Parents / Families view their commitment as a contribution to creating a healthier and better community. Children in foster care are also automatically eligible to receive assistance through the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program.
+ How much support will our family receive while we have a child in our home?
Angels is here to support you every step of the way and never want you to experience anything in foster care without being able to speak with us or have our support. Our Angels Clinical Case Managers are available 24-7 to offer guidance and experienced Angels parents also often mentor new families. Additional trainings and support group meetings are offered throughout the year.
+ Can Angels families ever adopt the child(ren) in their care?
Yes. When reunification efforts are unsuccessful, children may become eligible for adoption. There is no requirement for you to adopt a child you have cared for and many of our families choose not to adopt. However, many of our families are also open to growing their family through adoption. As every case is different, we never know ahead of time which child/children will reunify and which ones will be made available for adoption.
+ If I solely want to adopt should I foster through Angels?
Most likely not. If your sole purpose is to adopt we are not the agency for you. Fostering a child brings incredible joy and emotional heartache and is not for the faint of heart. It is certainly possible to adopt through fostering a child but there is not guarantee as to when and where this might happen.
+ May I read stories from other Angels parents about their fostering experience?
Yes, click here.
+ Can I help even if I don't have the time or resources to be a parent who fosters?
Yes. Your tax-deductible contribution to Angels will help us continue to place infants and toddlers in loving homes. Angels depends on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Click here to learn more about contributing to Angels.
+ How is Angels funded?
Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization funded through contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We also receive funding for basic program costs from public sources. All contribution funding received is used to recruit, train, and support Angels families and their children in care.