Search below for information and phone numbers for programs dealing with Foster Care, Adoption, Respite Care, the Resource Parent Mentor Program, Kinship Care Education and much much more! 

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Resources Available to Resource Families 

Foster Care

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(877) 792-KIDS (5437)

If you know someone who wants to become a foster parent, have him/her call the number to get details on a Foster Parent Orientation in their neighborhood.

(800) 200-1222

If you know someone who is looking for the foster parent initial or pre-service classes “TIPS” Trauma Informed Pre-Service. Have them to call this number for information and/or to register:

IMPORTANT: For people who take TIPS, but do not get their Foster Home license right away, TIPS must be completed within the last 12 months at the time of the License application, otherwise it must be repeated. Get your application in ASAP.


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(877) 423-6788

En Español llame al (619) 409-3125

If you know someone who wants to adopt a child from the county, have them call for more information.

(800) 200-1222

If your Adoption Social Worker has told you that you need to take the “Adoption Preparation” classes, call the toll free registration line to register.

Respite Care

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Effective April 1, 2020, respite services are now administered by the County of San Diego directly.


Peggy Ruefer | (858)285-7437

Natasha Garcia | (858)614-9142

Resource Parent Mentor Program

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If you are a Resource Parent through the County of San Diego, you qualify for this unique program designed to increase retention and placement stability of foster care placements. The goal of this program is to ensure that new and current Resource Parents are supported and guided will all of the information and community resources to be effective and the best quality Resource Parents.

It is highly encouraged and recommended that all Foster/Resource Parents take advantage of this valuable opportunity. In addition to being referred by RFA, self-referrals are also accepted. If this interests you and you want more information, please review the Mentor Program brochure or give us a call.

(800) 200-1222

Call to have a mentor assigned to assist with issues like systems problems, personal problems, child or biological parent problems, and help in finding resources.

Kinship Care

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All meetings are currently held virtually.

Click here for Kinship Support Group Schedule

Click here for Kinship Support Group Schedule Spanish 

If you are a relative raising a child such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle; you are a kinship caregiver.

(619) 281-8313  ext: 10743

If you, or someone you know, is raising a child either placed by the Juvenile Court or informally, you can call the YMCA Kinship Navigator Program which coordinates support groups. They also have navigators who are able to assist individual kinship caregivers in a wide variety of ways.



Kinship caregivers have expressed a desire for more training in specific areas to help them better meet the needs of the children in their care and themselves as well. You are welcome to attend any of our classes or workshops. Kinship caregivers that are approved Resource Parents are required to complete 8 hours of on-going training each year.

For information about the Kinship Support Groups, please contact the YMCA Kinship Program at (619) 281-8313 or e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required. You can also visit the website:

Denti-Cal Provider Directory

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Effective July 2016, children in the California foster care system must receive timely health and dental exams, based on periodicity schedules adopted by the program as the California Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), which is now the AAP Bright Futures periodicity. Click here to download the PDF.

Please remember to take a Health Visit Report (04-343) to every medical and dental appointment for a child in your care and have it completed and returned.

When To Take Your Child To The Doctors/Dentist:

HCPCFC Periodicity Schedule
Child’s AgeMedical Exam Dental Exam
Under 1 month Less than or equal to one
1 through 6 months Every 2 months None
7 through 15 months Every 3 months Every 6 months
16 through 23 months Every 6 months Every 6 months
2 through 3 yrs Once a year Every 6 months
4 through 21 years Every year Every 6 months

The following are San Diego County CHDP Providers and dental community clinics resources to assist caregivers in identifying appropriate providers for health and dental services:

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NHA- Head Start!

Neighborhood House Association Head Start is a federally-funded early child development program that provides comprehensive services to children birth – 5 years of age, and to pregnant mothers. Our play-based learning environments support children’s growth in areas such as language and literacy, and cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. We build relationships with families that support overall family well-being, to include building healthy parent-child relationships and achieving personal and family goals. We offer center and home-based family support options to help parents raise happy, healthy children. Check out our Google folder for more info.

Are you interested in applying to Head Start? You can apply online or call us at 1-888-873-5145.

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