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 The California Department of Social Services sets foster care requirements and oversees the Department of Human Services’ county-based efforts. 

Becoming a resource family is a five-step process in the state of California that includes completing an official application, taking required courses, passing a physical and background checks, drug testing, financial assessment, and a homestudy; approval takes from three to six months.   

These are some of the basic requirements for potential foster parents in California: 

According to the Department of Human Services’ website, “You may rent or own as long as your home is safe and has enough room for family members. What is most important is the love, understanding and guidance you can offer a child.”

Foster parents must be at least 25 years old.

Each child requires their own amount of space based on square feet.

Children ages 6 or older cannot share a room with a child of the opposite gender.

There are no set income requirements but foster parents’ financial stability is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals can be married or single.

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