"My husband and I have had a heart to adopt and love on kids, other than our own for years. We decided to become foster parents because there are so many kids in need of love and care, and so many kids that have a great need to know they are lovable. Having grown up in a home where I was told I was loved often, I couldn't imagine someone not hearing that. It was heartbreaking. My husband on the other hand did not hear it often. He knew what that was like and so both of us wanted to help as many kids as possible, to know that they were loved and valuable. " - Andrea
Mike & Robin have been married for 26 years. 18 years ago, they were introduced to the foster care world through some friends, and soon followed their calling to foster. They have been faithful foster parents with Krista for the past 15 years, providing a home for 110 children in the system during that time. Robin & Mike have built a big, beautiful family of biological children and grandchildren, adopted children and foster children. Currently, they have 6 daughters and 1 son at home, 3 of whom are foster children. Mike & Robin love to bless the kids in their home with fun family activities like camping, vacations and trips to Disneyland that they might not get to experience otherwise.
Home isn't about the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood.
Home is the place where a child feels safe, loved, and protected, the place they come back to for Christmas, the place they come to do their month-old laundry during the holidays before they're back to college, the people they call when they're lost, scared or feeling alone.
It doesn't matter who you are - single men, single women, married couples, young, old, living in an apartment or in a home on a corner lot- there's a child uniquely suited for you and your household. There's not one right way, right time, or right look to a family. There is a child out there that needs you, with every bit of uniqueness, excitement and love you have to offer. The only thing you need is room in your heart (I promise, it's already there)!
So give us a shout when you're ready to open up your heart and home! They're waiting for you, right now.
This is an informal, get-to-know you conversation. It's a chance to get all your questions answered, learn about our history and vision for Krista Resource Families, and to decide if we are the right fit.
Decided you're ready to move forward? Wonderful! A social worker will set up a time to meet with you and get you started. They'll be there to help you every step of the way.
Fill out a Criminal Record Statement, provide a DMV printout of your driving record & complete Livescan fingerprinting.
The home study process is a combination of paper questionnaires and in-person interviews, completed by a certified social worker, with everyone who lives in your home. The purpose is to really get to know the type of home and parenting you can provide, and assess the physical safety and suitability of your home.
1. Resource Family Pre-Approval training
Attend a 2-hour orientation and 12 hours of pre-approval training.
2. CPR, AED, & Basic First Aid certification
3. Krista Paperwork training
Learn about the requirements for you to maintain and turn in paperwork for each child's health, dental, school, allowance, and clothing needs.
4. Krista Resource Family Policy Manual training & quiz
5. Child Abuse Reporting training & quiz
Krista requires 3 personal references who can speak to your character and ability to be a resource parent.
If you are a prospective resource family, please review the "Welcome Letter, FAQs, & Pre-Application" form and submit the completed pre-app by email, fax, or in person at our office.
For all other forms, please follow the direction of your social worker during the resource family approval (RFA) process.
Welcome Letter, FAQs, & Pre-Application (docx)Download
Financial Statement - Couple (docx)Download
Financial Statement - Single (docx)Download
Health Questionnaire - filled out by applicant (pdf)Download
Health Screening Report - filled out by physician (pdf)Download
TB Screening - filled out by physician (pdf)Download
Resource Family Application (pdf)Download
Request for Live Scan (Krista Resource Family Applicants ONLY) (pdf)Download
Criminal Record Statement (PDF)Download
CPR/First Aid Classes in Redding (docx)Download
Resource Family Manual (docx)Download
Personal Rights of Foster Children (PDF)Download
No Corporal Punishment Agreement (doc)Download
Statement to Report Child Abuse (pdf)Download