Adoption, Fostering, and Guardianship
If you are planning to adopt a child, foster a child, or serve as a guardian.
There are separate policy sections for faculty and staff on this checklist, but the benefits section and related information applies to both faculty and staff.
There are a host of resources available to assist you if you are considering adopting a child, fostering a child or serving as a guardian.
Some of these resources handle adoption, fostering, and guardianship. Other resources specialize in just one of the areas. Call them for more information. We also have a special section below for grandparents who are assuming guardianship of a grandchild.
Public Adoption Agencies
Alameda County Social Services Agency, Adoption Unit
Phone: (510) 268-2422
P.O. Box 1768
Oakland, CA 94604
San Francisco County
Department of Human Services, Adoption Unit
125 2nd St., Oakland 94607
Contra Costa County Social Services Department
Marin County Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (415) 499-7118
10 N. San Pedro Road Room 1002
San Rafael, CA 94903
Health and Welfare Services Department; Adoptions
Phone: (707) 421-7961
State Department of Social Services
Adoption Policy Bureau
Address: 744 P.S., Mail station 19-69
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact them to receive information about adoptions or to get a list of state licensed public and private adoption agencies.
Local Private Agencies and Other Information Resources
160 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland 94610
401 Broadway, Oakland 94604-1768
Call 510-268-2422 for adoption
Call 510-268-2444 for foster care
Jewish Family and Children's Services
3272 California St, San Francisco 94118
Full-service licensed, non-profit adoption agency offering a wide range of services including information and referral, education, counseling, placement of babies, and post-adoption parent groups.
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids
287 17th Street, Suite 207
Oakland, CA 94612
Licensed adoption agency that places children who have physical or development disabilities, extraordinary medical needs, or behavioral and emotional problems due to abuse or neglect. All potential adoptive parents are welcome including single people and non-traditional families. African-American and Latino families are especially needed, as are families willing to parent sibling groups.
American Indian Child Resource Center
522 Grand Avenue, Oakland 94610
Foster Care Program for emergency, short term and long germ placement. Indian Education Center, tutoring and cultural activities; counseling program.
Black Adoption Placement and Research Center
125 Second St, Oakland 94607
A licensed adoption and foster family agency. They recruit, train and certify families for the placement of African American and all children waiting for permanent homes.
Center for the Vulnerable Child
Children's Hospital Oakland
5400 Telegraph, Oakland 94618
Foster care program support group.
Family Builders by Adoption
528 Grand Ave, Oakland 94610
Adoption agency for special needs children. Includes training for potential adoptive parents and post adoption services. Also does foster care placement and training.
PACT-An Adoption Alliance
3200 Blue Dr, Suite 289
Richmond, CA 94806
This agency provides ongoing educational services to adoptive families of color-both same race and transracial.
Adoptive Families of America
Contact them for a lit of adoption agencies and attorneys nationwide.
For grandparents raising grandchildren
AARP Grandparents Information Center
The AARP Grandparent Information Center provides information and resources to help grandparents cope with their surrogate parent roles.
AGAIN-A Grandparent Assistance and Information Network
3021 Brookdale Ave, Oakland 94602
Support for grandparents raising young grandchildren.
Parental Stress Service
1727 MLK Jr. Way Suite 109
Oakland, CA 94612
Support Groups, referrals, resources and parents/caregivers' rights. 24 hour hotline, individual and family counseling, parent education.