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Thank you for your interest in the Optimist Foster
Family and Adoption Services foster care program!
There are many children in our community who need a
safe, caring family like yours, and we thank you for
taking this first step in making a difference in the life of
a child!

As a foster parent, your family would work in partnership with a team of social workers and
other professionals to meet the needs of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. 
Foster parents play an important part in our community by helping children and strengthening
families so that they can have a bright future.

Any person, single or married who has a desire to provide
children with a safe, caring home and:

  •    Is at least 21 years old
  •    Has space available in their home for children
  •    Has a car and car insurance
  •    Has a stable income
  •    Does not have a criminal record or child abuse record

Individuals interested in joining our team of foster parents must complete our foster
parent certification process.  This process includes:

Participation in our free training program: 
Classes are offered in West Palmdale office.

A safety inspection of your home: 
Foster homes need to meet state and county requirements and be safe, clean, and in good
repair.  Homes with a pool or jacuzzi need to meet additional safety requirements, including
a five foot fence that completely surrounds the pool.

Fingerprint clearance for all individuals age 18 and older residing in your home.

Submitting application paperwork.

The certification process takes approximately 2 to 4 months.  Optimist will work with you to
decide the number, age, and gender of children that you will be able to foster.  Some factors
that are taken into consideration include:  geographical location, the child’s language, culture,
or religious needs, your parenting skills and experience with children, and your work schedule. 

Becoming a foster parent is a process.  Should your circumstances change, you can
discontinue the process at any time.  Our goal is to help you become part of the Optimist family
and join us in our mission to help children and families.  Foster parents are compensated for
the child’s expenses.  Medical and dental costs are covered by free Medi-Cal insurance.

The goal of foster care is family reunification - helping children with their families.  At times this
is not possible so Optimist is also able to help families reunite adopt children who need a
permanent family.

Your next step in becoming a foster parent is to schedule a short consultation meeting with one
of our Certification Assistants who will be able to answer your questions and provide you with
more information.  Please call (661) 272-4733 to schedule a meeting at a time that is good for

Optimist thanks you for your interest in our foster care program.  We look forward to having you
join the Optimist family!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (800) 454-5561.


Danielle Lovelady-Ryan
Optimist Foster Family and Adoptions Agency
520 W. Palmdale Blvd., Suite H
Tel.: 800-454-5561
Referral Incentive
Would You Like $500???
Optimist is looking for
new Foster Parents
and we think that you
could help!!!

Please have any potential
foster parents call us at
(800) 454-5561

*In order to receive the $500
referral bonus, applicants who are
referred by current Optimist foster
parents must be fully certified and
receive a child by Optimist Foster
Family and Adoption Services

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