The overall goal of the foster program is to make sure every child gets the care they need to have a chance at a safe and comfortable life. That will look different for each child, and there are a couple of potential paths that can be explored – reunification with the child’s biological family or adoption. Adoption from foster care in California is not the primary objective of the system, but it does become a possibility in roughly half of all cases. 

Exploring Reunification | Adoption from foster care in California

Whether or not it is possible to reunite a foster child with their biological parent or parents is going to depend on a number of factors. Those parents will need to be able to demonstrate that they can provide a safe and comfortable home for the child, and problems with things like substance abuse or periods of incarceration will need to be addressed. Since adoption from foster care in California is not the first aim of this program, efforts will be made to reunite the child with their biological family until it becomes clear that such an outcome will not be in the best interests of the child. 

The Adoption Option

When reunification has been ruled out, adoption from foster care in California comes into the picture. Through adoption, the young person will effectively be able to exit the foster system because they will be taken in formally by a new family. This new family may be the same people that have offered foster care along the way, but not always. A successful adoption is another way for the foster care program to lead to a satisfactory outcome where the child lands in a home that is going to provide for their needs and make sure they are cared for properly day after day. And, for the adoptive parents, adding to or creating a family in this way is an unforgettable opportunity. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, contact Children First Foster Family Agency or apply to become a resource parent

Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency. 

Author: Children First FFA

Published: July 14, 2023

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