Many different paths lead to adoption, but all begin with the desire to build a family.

Sierra is licensed to provide foster care and adoption services in twelve counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. These services are offered from offices in Auburn, Nevada City, and Sacramento. Sierra also provides post-adoption services to rural Northern California counties at one California Department of Social Services site in Chico.

Sierra Forever Families helps simplify the journey by providing guidance and education, and helping families set realistic expectations for their experience. We are committed to providing the resources, insights and support each family needs to establish and maintain a stable and caring home.

Below is an outline of the basic foster-adoption process and what families can expect to encounter. The process can be long, but we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Either contact your local Sierra office to schedule an orientation or complete an adoption inquiry form here.

The Foster/Adopt Process

1. Orientation

Orientation gives a broad overview of how the foster adoption process works. This is a chance to consider basic issues and have general questions answered. Orientation for our Sacramento office is offered the second Monday of each month in a group setting. Individual and group orientations are held in our Nevada City office on the first Wednesday of each month. Our Auburn orientations are held the third Thursday of each month. Additional orientations can be arranged for your church, community group, or workplace. Please contact your local Sierra office to schedule an orientation.

Sacramento Office: (916) 368-5114

Auburn Office: (530) 887-9982

Nevada City Office: (530) 478-0900

2. The Preliminary Interview

The preliminary interview is scheduled after the orientation, and allows for further discussion about your family’s motives, strengths and interests in the adoption process.

3. The Application

The application consists of two packets. The first contains the foster/adoption application, fingerprint, and other forms necessary to begin the process. The second packet is focused on helping Sierra get to know you better as a family through questions about your experiences with children, your support systems, and other similar questions.

4. Classes

Preparation classes provide in-depth exploration of challenges and benefits in caring for children not born to you, and how to successfully parent a child with a history of traumatic losses. Once you have completed the basic training, additional classes and support groups will prepare you for the role of parenting a child from foster care.

5. Foster Certification Process

The certification of your home is mandatory before placement. Dual certification for foster/adopt homes must meet state regulations, including requiring smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher, a locked location for medications and cleaning products, and current driver’s license and insurance. CPR and First Aid training must be completed as well.

6. Home Study Process

Home study process begins when the application paperwork has been completed. An experienced Master’s level social worker will be assigned to work with your family throughout the assessment process. Sierra offers personal interviews for your family at your convenience. Once a child is placed in your home, your home study worker will provide ongoing placement support as your family’s case manager.

Contact our Certification Specialist

If you have questions or to attend an orientation, contact our Certification Specialist in Sacramento at (916) 368-5114, in Auburn at (530) 887-9982, or in Nevada City at (530) 478-0900. Complete an adoption inquiry form here.

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