Therapeutic Foster Family Agency
In addition to the services provided for the young men living at the Ranch, we also help place hundreds of other children into loving stable foster homes through our Foster Family Agency (FFA). The FFA was licensed by the State of California, Department of Social Services in 1991.
We recruit, train, certify and supervise foster homes for boys and girls, ages 0-17. Children are placed in our homes through court order by the County Social Services and Probation Departments.
Financial reimbursement, on-going training, social work case management services and extra liability insurance is provided to our foster parents. Our staff have Master’s Degrees and meet weekly with our foster parents in their homes, with the children they care for offering support, encouragement and resources to help the children grow into healthy young people.
Valley Teen Ranch FFA is in need of quality Christian homes that are willing to open their hearts and homes to meet the needs of abused and neglected children. Providing foster care to these young people can be a very rewarding experience. Your own life will be enriched as you become involved in the lives of these young children. The financial benefits are minimal but the measure of personal and spiritual benefits can be great. We are interested in meeting the physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs of these young children.
Become a Valley Teen Ranch
There is nothing more rewarding in this world than helping a child in need.
Parents that wish to adopt and parents that are only interested in foster care must both first become certified foster parents. There are some prerequisites to becoming a foster parent. The most important is the desire to show love to a child whose life may have been without the benefit of a caring family environment. Once that desire to serve is established in the mind and heart of an individual or couple, the remaining requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Must be financially self-supporting.
- Complete a series of forms.
- Attend a orientation training.
- All adults in the home must be fingerprinted and obtain a background clearance and child abuse clearance.
- Obtain a general health clearance.
- Receive CPR & First Aid Training (infant, child & adult CPR).
- Water Safety Training is necessary if there is a body of water such as a pool, spa or pond on the property, or if the children swim in an area where there is no lifeguard on duty.
- A current DMV printout showing proof of a valid drivers license.
- Proof of auto, home or renters insurance.
- Provide personal references.
- Obtain a home study evaluation and interview completed by our social work staff.
Valley Teen Ranch provides the support of a professional social worker as a resource to the foster
All Valley Teen Ranch foster children are given medical and dental care, a monthly spending allowance and monthly clothing allowance.
If you’re ready for the next step or simply want more information, please call us at
559-437-1144 or contact us here.
Valley Teen Ranch Foster Parenting FAQs
- What are the qualifications required to become a foster parent?
- How long does the certification process take to become a foster parent?
- How old do you have to be to become a foster parent, adoptive parent, or respite care provider?
- Can I work full-time and be a foster parent?
- Do I have to be employed to become a foster parent?
- Once certified, is there any on-going training or support available?
- What support is provided to foster parent(s)?
- How long can the children stay in my home?
- Can I adopt the foster children placed in my home?
- Can my birth child share a room with a placed foster child?
- Do I have to own my own home?
- How does Valley Teen Ranch receive its placements?
- What types of needs do the placed foster children have?
- Do I receive financial assistance for being a foster parent with Valley Teen Ranch?
- How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
What are the qualifications required to become a foster parent?
Must possess the desire to protect and nurture children.
How long does the certification process take to become a foster parent?
The length of the certification process depends on you. If you are conscientious about attending training and completing paperwork, you could be certified within twelve weeks.
How old do you have to be to become a foster parent, adoptive parent, or respite care provider?
Foster parents must be at least 21; adoptive parents 24; and respite care providers; 18 years of age.
Can I work full-time and be a foster parent?
Yes, although fostering does not always work well if both partners work full-time and the child spends most of his/ her free time in respite or daycare. Therefore, you should consider the ages of foster children that you bring into your home so they can be at school while you are at work. You will need a respite care provider to care for your foster children in your absence, as foster children require 24-hour supervision.
Do I have to be employed to become a foster parent?
You must be financially self-reliant to qualify as a foster parent.
Once certified, is there any on-going training or support available?
Yes, we offer on-going training. There is a minimum of 12 hours of parent training required annually to retain certification.
What support is provided to foster parent(s)?
Professional, 24-hour social work is provided to help meet the needs of the foster child.
How long can the children stay in my home?
The length of stay for a placed foster child will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the child. It can vary from less than one week to several years. If the parental rights of a child are terminated and you are willing to adopt, it could be forever.
Can I adopt the foster children placed in my home?
Some children can be placed with the intent to be adopted, and many may become eligible for adoption if reunification is not successful. Hundreds of placed foster children have been adopted by their foster parent(s) over the past years. We offer a full range services including adoptive family assessments, counseling, and finalization for all adoptions.
Can my birth child share a room with a placed foster child?
Yes, placed foster children can share a room with your birth children as long as each child has their own bed. There are to be only two children to each bedroom and must be the same sex to share a room, unless they are under the age of five. It is best if the children sharing the room are within a few years of age.
Do I have to own my own home?
No, you do not have to own your home; however, you must be able to provide a room for the child (ren) in your apartment or home.
How does Valley Teen Ranch receive its placements?
Majority of the children we work with are referred to Valley Teen Ranch by the county social services, childcare protective services, adoption services, and probation departments. In other words, they are children who have been removed from their homes due to physical or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect, or delinquency and need to be placed in a foster home.
What types of needs do the placed foster children have?
These children’s needs could include behavioral and emotional challenges or special medical needs. Some children only need to find an adoptive family. Children and youth from juvenile probation have been arrested, but are not “hard-core” criminal types and will benefit from a caring home environment.
Do I receive financial assistance for being a foster parent with Valley Teen Ranch?
Yes, you are given a tax-free reimbursement each month, which normally covers more than the expenses incurred to care for the placed foster child. All placed foster children are eligible for Medi-Cal insurance, which will generally cover their medical and dental care and specialized counseling, if needed. Foster parents are not employees; according to tax laws they are considered "volunteers".
How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
Less than $100.00. Valley Teen Ranch covers majority of the costs.