Become a
Foster Parent

How to Become a Foster Parent

Becoming a resource parent (also called a foster parent) is a relatively straightforward process. Many resource parents say the hardest part was making the decision to take the first step. Here’s what the process looks like:


Attend an Orientation

Seneca hosts weekly orientations for interested individuals and/or families and for families living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma Counties. To get started, complete the form on this page or call 1 (877) 380-5300.


Get Trained

All prospective parents receive specialty training, including CPR and First Aid.


Complete Health Screenings and Background Check

All prospective parents pass a health screening and a rigorous criminal background check.


Home Assessments

Seneca’s team will visit you at home to make sure it is child-safe and that your family dynamics are able to accommodate the needs of a young person in foster care. We will work with you to ensure you are set up for success.



Once all of the above requirements have been met, you may be approved as a resource parent and begin receiving phone calls about children in need of a home like yours. You'll collaborate with Seneca to make sure the match is right between a child and your family.

Have more questions before you attend an orientation? Check out the information and FAQs on our About Fostering page.

Starting the journey toward joining Seneca’s team of caring and committed foster parents begins with completing the following form. If you would prefer to speak with someone instead, please feel free to call us during business hours at 1 (877) 380-5300. Either way, we will get you connected with an orientation so you can learn more and get your questions answered.

Please note that completing this form does not commit you to the entire process. We will be with you every step of the way to set you up for success, and you are welcome to pause in the process if you decide it’s not quite right for you.

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