California post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in California. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption/guardianship support services

In California, adoptive families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Child and youth assessments
  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Referral to services
  • Training/other development
  • Birth family mediation
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support for children/teens
  • Mentoring for parents
  • Mentoring for children/teens
  • Case management
  • Educational support
  • Respite care
  • Camps, retreats, or other events
  • Financial/material support
  • Community-based therapeutic services
  • In-home therapeutic services
  • Residential therapeutic services
  • Crisis intervention

The specific services available may vary by county and depend on the needs of the child and the circumstances of the placement. 

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system 
  • Families who have adopted from another state’s foster care system
  • Families who have adopted internationally or privately

Who provides these services?

Post-adoption services in California are provided through each county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The county public agency may provide services directly, or may contract with a private agency to provide support services to families. Find a list of county department websites at the County Welfare Directors Association website. You can find more information about available services at the California Department of Social Services, Adoption Resources website. The California Association of Adoption Agencies also has additional information on post-adoption services.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide association

California State Foster Parent Association

Parent groups

Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group - Los Angeles, Adoptive Parent Support Group
Location: Los Angeles

Adoption Connection/Jewish Family Services
Location: San Francisco

Adoption Horizons
Location: Eureka

Adoptive Families Support Group
Location: Lancaster

Adoptive Parents & Family Support Group & Playdates
Locations: Los Angeles and Tarzana

AFTER Adoptive Parent Education #4
Location: Salinas

AFTER Adoptive Parent Education #6
Location: San Jose
Region served: Bay Area

Alternative Family Services
Location: Oakland

Aspiranet Foster & Family Services – Adoption Agency
Location: Clovis

Bay Area Adoption Services
Location: Mountain View

Bethany Christian Services - North
Location: Modesto

Capital Adoptive Families Alliance
Location: Granite Bay
Region served: Sacramento

Child SHARE/South Bay Parent Support Group
Location: Hermosa Beach
Region served: Los Angeles

Children's Bureau of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles

Children's System of Care - Placer County
Location: Auburn

Chrysalis House, Inc.
Location: Fresno

EMQ Families First
Location: Fresno

EMQ Families First
Location: Sacramento

Extraordinary Families
Location: Los Angeles

Families Adopting In Response (FAIR)
Location: Palo Alto
Region served: Bay Area

Families for Children
Location: Roseville

Family Connections Christian Adoptions
Location: Modesto

FASD Network of Southern California

Five Acres The Boys' & Girls' Aid Society of Los Angeles
Location: Altadena

Foster Care and Adoptive Community
Location: Chatsworth

Foster VC Kids
Location: Oxnard

Fresno County Department of Social Services
Location: Fresno

Grandparents As Parents, Inc.
Location: Canoga Park
Region served: Los Angeles

Guardians of Love
Location: Los Angeles

Hand in Hand Foundation
Location: Scott’s Valley

Hannah's Children's Homes
Location: Orange

Heart to Heart Post Adoption Support and Education
Location: Roseville
Region served: Sacramento

Help One Child
Location: Los Altos
Region served: Bay Area

Holy Family Services – Counseling and Adoption
Location: Los Angeles

Inner Circle Foster Care and Adoption Services
Location: Van Nuys

International Christian Adoptions
Location: Temecula

Jewish Family Service of Orange County
Location: Irvine

Kern Bridges Youth Homes
Location: Bakersfield

Kids & Families Together
Location: Ventura

Kinship Center, Member of Seneca Family of Agencies
Location: Salinas

Latino Family Institute, Inc.
Location: West Covina

Life Adoption Services, Inc.
Location: Tustin

Lifetime Adoption Inc.
Location: New Port Richey

Lilliput Children's Services
Region served: Amador, Calaveras, Yolo, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Trinity, Del Norte, Butte, Shasta, and San Joaquin Counties

Little People of America Adoption Committee
Location: Sonoma

Making a Difference Association
Location: Colton
Region served: Los Angeles

McKinley Children's Center
Location: San Dimas

Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc.
Location: Greenville

Olive Crest Adoption Services
Location: Santa Ana

Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services
Location: Palmdale

Pact, an Adoption Alliance
Location: Emeryville

Parents Anonymous Inc.
Location: Claremont

Post Adoption Center for Education and Research
Location: San Francisco

Post Adoption Services Project
Location: Eureka

RESOLVE of San Diego

San Mateo Co Adoption Education Group
Location: Belmont
Region served: Bay Area

Serenity Infant Care Home
Location: Covina

Share Homes
Location: Lodi

Shasta County Health & Human Service Agency
Location: Redding

Stanford Youth Solutions
Location: Sacramento

Stephen S. Wise Adoption Support Center
Location: Los Angeles

The Connection Support Groups
Locations: Anaheim, Lake Forest, Rancho Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Cucamonga

The Family Network, Inc.
Location: Roseville

Uplift Family Services
Location: Modesto

Uplift Family Services
Location: Campbell

Uplift Family Services
Location: Stockton

Uplift Family Services
Location: Fresno

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
Location: Los Angeles

Wayfinder Family Services
Location: Whittier