Resource Parent - General Information
Resource Parents (which include foster and adoptive parents) provide a special service to children and to the community by providing love and ongoing care to children who cannot live with their birth families.
Children come into foster care because their biological families are unable to take care of them. Resource Foster families provide temporary homes until these children can be reunited with their own parents or another permanent plan such as adoption can be made.
Resource Parents do much more than provide shelter and supervision. They accept the challenge of nurturing the children in their care by providing stability, acceptance, guidance and love.
For more information about Resource Parenting and becoming a Resource Parent please call the Napa County Resource Family Approval unit at 707-253-4761.
- What is resource parenting?
Resource parenting is a way to make a positive impact on a child’s life. Resource parents provide a safe, loving, and nurturing temporary home for children who are unable to stay with their birth families. As a resource parent, you will become a member of a team that is working to ensure each child’s well-being. The team typically includes the child’s family, the resource family, social workers and other professionals, the court, and the child himself / herself, when appropriate. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4761.
- Why do some children need resource care?
There are many reasons why some parents cannot take care of their children. Sometimes a family emergency makes it too difficult for children to live at home. Some parents are so overwhelmed by their own problems that they are unable to give proper care to their children. Some children may be removed after being physically and/or sexually abused. A parent may decide to place the children, or the Court may remove the children. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4761.
- What is “kinship care”?
When it is necessary to remove a child from the care of his or her parents, Napa County’s social workers try to find a relative or close family friend who is able to care for the child. Kinship care works well when the family member already has a close relationship with the child and does not have a personal conflict with the child’s parents. This caregiver must be licensed and must be ready to face the same challenges as resource parents who are not related to the child. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4761.