Make a Difference; Become a Foster Parent

Every child deserves a stable, healthy, and loving home. When you become a resource parent through KYJO’s Foster Family Agency, you get the chance to:

  • Welcome a vulnerable child into your family and meet their needs.
  • Positively affect the child’s growth and development.
  • Earn the child’s trust and truly understand them.

KYJO Foster Family Agency is a California-licensed agency that’s been placing children in caring resource homes since December 2012. We pride ourselves in equipping foster parents with the tools they need to care for the children who enter their home.

If you’re considering making a difference in a foster child’s life, contact us to schedule a free orientation. We’ll walk you through the foster parent application, approval, and placement process, as well as the services we offer our parents.

Schedule an Orientation

Respite Care

Don’t want to be a full-time foster parent? This is for you!

KYJO FFA is actively seeking out families who are willing to open their homes for respite care. Respite care providers have foster children reside in their homes for short term emergency and weekend placements only.

To certify your home for respite care, care providers must complete the certification process that is identical to that of becoming a foster parent. Just as in typical foster care, respite care providers often can play a significant role in changing a foster child’s life, building loving relationships that can last a lifetime. If your family is interested in becoming respite care providers with KYJO FFA. Please contact our office and sign up to attend an orientation session.

What Are the Minimum Requirements?

If you meet the following requirements, you could become a foster parent:

  • May be married or single
  • May have children of your own
  • Must live in a house or apartment
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have a working telephone
  • Must have a good, working automobile
  • Must have auto insurance
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license
  • Must be willing to commit to one year of resource parenting
  • Must be able to support a child for the first 30 days of placement
  • Must live within a two hour drive of Fresno County

Meet the requirements?

Offer a Child Security and Stability

Foster parents are our most valuable asset. Resource parents open their hearts and homes to KYJO’s most vulnerable children. They provide security and stability until a child can return home or find a new forever family.

Children needing placement include:

  • Boys and girls
  • Infants to eighteen-year-olds
  • Sibling groups
  • Children with behavioral needs

Of course, we won’t leave you or your foster child on your own. KYJO offers the following services for foster parents and children, to make the foster family experience as enriching as possible:

Foster Parent Services:

  • Foster parent licensing, certification, and contracting
  • Trauma Informed Care training
  • In-service training
  • Access to experienced social workers with small caseloads
  • Foster parent support groups
  • 24-hour, on-call crisis services
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing supplies from Bed Bath & Beyond, Food Bank, Home Depot, and Disney Store

Foster Child Services:

  • Weekly to bi-weekly social worker visits
  • Access to experienced mental health professionals
  • School support
  • Family reunification support
  • Holiday activities

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I learn more about becoming a foster parent?

Yes; the first step is attending a KYJO orientation. Call (559) 681-2593 to schedule an appointment with our trainer.

What are the minimum requirements for become a foster parent?

To become a foster parent, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Be married or single.
  • Live in a house or apartment, rented or owned.
  • Have a car in good, working condition, as well as a license and insurance.
  • Be able to support a child for the first 30 days of placement.

What does the application process look like?

To become a foster parent, you must:

  1. Attend an orientation.
  2. Fill out an application packet.
  3. Set up a home inspection.
  4. Receive your fingerprint clearances.
  5. Get a health screening and TB test.
  6. Attend our Trauma-Informed Care training.
  7. Attend our Guide to Becoming a Foster Parent training.
  8. Receive CPR/First Aid certification (provided by KYJO).
  9. Complete Water Safety training (provided by KYJO).

Why should I become a foster parent through KYJO?

At KYJO, we pride ourselves on the services we offer our foster parents, including:

  • Free training for applicants and parents.
  • Access to experienced social workers with small caseloads.
  • 24-hour, on-call crisis services.
  • Transportation assistance.
  • Opportunities to participate in agency-wide activities.

Do I get paid for taking in a child?

You do not get paid, but you do receive a tax-free reimbursement. Reimbursements are to be used for your foster child’s food, clothing, toys, educational supplies, allowance, and personal hygiene items.

How do I prepare my home?

You’ll need to:

  • Install or service smoke detectors (in bedrooms, near your kitchen, and in your living area) and a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Purchase a first aid kit.
  • Gate or otherwise control access to your swimming pool (if you have one).

How long does the approval and placement process take?

The process usually takes 2-4 months, depending on how quickly you complete your application and trainings.

Want to Learn More?

Contact us today to schedule an orientation with KYJO Foster Parent Trainer. During this orientation, we’ll explore the benefits of becoming a foster parent, what services are available to foster parents, and the incredible need within our community for competent, caring individuals who can make a lasting impact on kids’ lives.