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

We are here for you! If you live in California, the first step is to call Shauna, our Executive Director, at 530-895-1110 or email her at [email protected] You can also call Alicia our Chief Operating Officer, at 775-825-9995 or email at [email protected] They will answer simple questions over the phone and then schedule an in-person orientation at a time and place convenient to you. If you live in Nevada, please call our Reno office to take the next steps: 1(775) 825-9995

Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions:

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/licensed (families are ‘certified’ in CA and ‘licensed’ in NV). 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, Disability, Unemployment, etc. and still become a foster parent?

It depends. We look at long-term income when certifying homes. Although you will receive a monthly reimbursement for each child placed with you (between $900-$1,100 per month, per child), we also want to make sure you have a verifiable income that is sufficient to sustain you and your household.

Question: How long does it take to become certified?

It can take from one 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. If you are motivated to complete your paperwork and training, the process can be completed quickly.

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.