County of Marin Health and Human Services


Children who need fost-adopt (potentially permanent) homes are of all races and from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most of the children are school age. Some are sisters and brothers who do not want to live apart. They have experienced separation from family and the effects of abuse or neglect, but they are still growing and learning and can blossom in a family able to offer them safety.

The child welfare staff members protect children from abuse and neglect, and work with birth families to help them keep their children safe. When children must be removed from their birth families, they are placed in temporary foster homes. In most cases, birth parents are provided with services for six to eighteen months to help them reunify (reunite) with their children. If it appears as though reunification may not occur, children are placed in fost-adopt homes. The goal continues to be family reunification, but if the birth parent is not successful, the fost-adopt family may adopt the children.


Become a Fost-Adopt Parent: "Fost-Adopt" allows parents who are prepared for both foster and adoptive parenting to provide a unique kind of home: as a fost-adopt parent you foster a child(ren) with the potential for adopting him or her. Financial support is available.

We also accept applications for families interested in traditional, low risk or no risk adoptions. Nearly all the children in these situations are older children, teens and sibling groups.

Getting Started

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a fost-adopt parent is invited to an orientation. Co-facilitated by a social worker and a fost-adopt parent, information regarding the children and their needs as well as an account of what it is really like to be a fost-adopt parent will be presented.

When a child is legally adopted, financial support is usually provided on a monthly basis through the Adoption Assistance Program, until the child is 18. The adoption itself is free through the county.