Steps to Becoming an Adoptive Resource Family

Step 1:

Make a Call

Contact our Foster & Adoption Parent Information Line, toll free, at (888) 871-KIDS (1-888-871-5437). Someone will mail you an Adoption Information Packet.  If you have further questions, please call the Adoption Officer of the Day, at (714) 704-8000, or email us, at

Step 2:

Attend an Agency Orientation

Register to attend an Orientation, during which child welfare professionals will provide an overview of foster care and adoption and answer any questions you might have.  Classes are offered throughout Orange County, in both English and Spanish.  Sign language interpreters may also be provided if requested.

Step 3:

Complete TIP Training

Attend a 10-week Trauma Informed Parenting training series, which includes the Foster Care Application Workshop during Week #4.  The classes are taught by experienced foster and adoptive parents and social workers.  Once you graduate from TIP classes, you must submit your foster care licensing application within 90 days.

Step 4:

Obtain a Foster Care License*

 You must obtain a foster care license in order to be eligible to adopt.  This involves:
  • Completion of TIP Training Series
  • Submittal of a Foster Care application.
  • Completion of a CPR/First Aid class and all other required training.
  • Provide the results of TB testing for all adults residing in your home.
  • Submit separate Live Scan fingerprints for Foster Care and Adoption purposes for all adults living in the home.

Step 5:

Attend the Adoption Training Series*

The Adoption Training Series consists of four (4) classes that must be taken in order.  In these classes, you will hear information specific to the home study process, as well as in-depth information about a child's journey through the dependency system.  Participants will also explore their motivations and expectations regarding adoption and identify tools needed for successful adoptive placements.  At the end of the Adoption Training Series, you will receive an Adoption Application to take home and complete

Step 6:

Submit the Completed Adoption Application 

Completed Adoption Applications must be submitted in-person within 90 days of completing the Adoption Series classes.  Please call (714) 704-8923 to make an appointment to submit your application and schedule an Adoptions Live-Scan appointment in the same day. The Children and Family Services Offices are located at 800 N. Eckhoff, Orange and business hours are from 8:30-4:00.  When you arrive to submit your application and Live-Scan, simply ask to speak with the Officer of the Day in the Adoptions Program.  The Adoptions Officer of the Day will review your application with you to make sure it is complete. Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted if any documents are missing or incomplete.  Once complete, Reception staff will then guide you to your Live-Scan appointment.

Step 7:

Begin the Home Study Process

Once the Adoptions Program receives your Live Scan results, an Adoption Home Study Social Worker will be assigned to begin the Home Study process.  During this time, you will submit any additional documents that may be required to your assigned social worker and the interview process will begin. 

Step 8:

Attend the Attachment Parenting Classes

In addition to the Adoption Series, you will be required to attend two (2) Attachment Parenting classes before the home study process is complete.  These classes teach parenting techniques to accommodate the unique life experiences and needs of a foster child.

Step 9:

Complete the Home Study Process

Through a series of in-depth interviews, the Adoptions Social Worker will get to know you and your abilities, strengths and needs, to determine the best possible match for you and your family. A foster care license is required before a child(ren) can be placed in your home AND an approved Home Study is required before you can be matched to a child(ren) as their potential adoptive family.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Resource Family, or have questions about Orange County Social Services Agency Adoptions, please contact:

  • The Foster & Adoption Parent Information Line, at (888) 871-KIDS (1-888-871-5437), and register to attend an orientation.
  • The Adoption Officer of the Day, at (714) 704-8000, or via email, at