Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start to become a Foster/Adoptive Parent with the County of San Diego?

Attend a no obligation Orientation meeting. Visit  sandiegofosterkids.com to view the Orientation schedule or call 877-792-KIDS (5437). Registration for Orientation is not required.  Meetings are available on a first come, first serve basis.

What training hours are required to become a Foster/Adoptive Parent?

  • 27-hour Pre-Service called TIPS (Trauma Informed Pre-Service) for English and Spanish speakers
  • Call the 800-200-1222 to register

What training hours are required ongoing?

  • Each licensed County Foster/Adoptive Parent (each person listed on the license) must complete 8 hours of approved training per year.
  • All training in this Pink Flier qualifies as on-going training.
  • If you take training from another source, you need to get that approved by your FHL worker.

What extra adoption classes do I need?

  • After you finish Pre-Service, you will be assigned an Adoption Social Worker who will tell you which of the Adoption Preparation classes you should complete.
  • Then you call 800-200-1222 to register for those.

Who can come to these classes?

  • Prospective Foster/Adoptive (Resource) parents
  • Licensed County Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • Foster Family Agency Foster Parents and Staff
  • Kinship Caregivers (whether formal or informal)
  • Social workers and other professionals who work with Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • Respite caregivers who will be serving foster/adoptive parents
  • These classes are not for the general public or generally for birth parents.

How can I use online classes to meet my mandated annual training?

San Diego County has approved Foster/Adoptive Parents to use 4 out of the 8 mandated ongoing training hours to be the online classes.

How do I sign up for First Aid and CPR?

  • Call the number of the class monitor listed on the First Aid/CPR pages which are always at the end of the Pink Flier.
  • Remember, these classes are only for the people listed in the first answer.
  • Also remember that First Aid and CPR are licensing requirements and do not count toward your annual training mandate.

Is there a fee for these classes?

No, there is never a fee for any of these classes for any participants. (They are sponsored by the State of California and Federal Government.)

Can children come to these classes?

In general, no one under 18 years of age can attend the classes due to lack of childcare, presentation of inappropriate content for children, and liability issues. There a several classes being offered where children are invited to attend with their caregiver.  These classes are clearly marked on the web site and/or in the Pink Booklet.