Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-16T12:08:16+00:00

Mountain Circle Foster FamiliesYou may have a lot of questions about becoming a Resource (foster) or adoptive parent.

We are here 24/7 to walk you through the process! Here is a list of local phones numbers in order to speak to a Mountain Circle Social Worker.  Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions.

  • Plumas County: 1(530) 284-7007
  • Lassen County: 1(530) 257-7404
  • Butte County: 1(530) 895-1110
  • Washoe County: 1(775) 825-9995

Question: I am a single man/woman. Can I become a foster or adoptive parent?

Yes. Mountain Circle encourages both two-parent and single-parent families to become certified. Mountain Circle likes to certify diverse families as we have a wide variety of children who come into care.

Question: Can I be on AFDC and become a foster parent?

No. We look at “long-term” income when certifying homes. Short-term income does not qualify, and that includes AFDC. However, child support DOES count. Basically, you must have verifiable income that is sufficient to sustain you.

Question: How long does it take to become certified?

It can take from three to six months. The time frame varies as sometimes it takes a while for fingerprint clearances (especially if you have lived out of state) and references to be returned.

Question: I am caring for my elderly parent in my home. Does he/she need to be fingerprinted?

Yes. Anyone over the age of 18 who lives in your home must be fingerprinted. Once you become certified, anyone who stays in your home for more than 30 days must also be printed.