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FAQ's

How to adopt a child ?

Adoption is a permanent legal process that transfers parental rights from one person or couple to another person or couple. It means taking a child into your home as a permanent family member.... read more

What is the adoption process?

Individuals interested in adoption can contact Kinship Center by telephone or email and express their interest. They will be invited to a monthly Information Meeting where they will receive a complete... read more

What is the cost of adoption?

The cost of adoption depends on whether or not the child was voluntarily placed by his/her parents for adoption or if the child was removed involuntarily from his/her birth family due to negative... read more

What is open adoption ?

"Open Adoptions" are those adoptions in which birth and adoptive parents have met each other and plan for some type of ongoing communication through letters, pictures,email, phone calls or in-person... read more

What is a foster child?

Thousands of children in California's foster care system require temporary out-of-home care because of parental neglect, abuse or exploitation. Many of these children have special medical,... read more

What is a foster parent?

A foster parent is an adult (or couple) who provides temporary care for a related or unrelated child or children, usually dependents of the court. Foster parents are licensed or certified in the... read more

How do I become a foster parent?

To become a foster parent, you must contact your local public child welfare agency, or a private agency like Kinship Center, to find out what their application process is. Kinship Center invites... read more

What issues do foster and adopted children often have?

Children enter the foster care system due to different forms of abuse and neglect, and the absence or death of their parent(s). Exposure to any of these occurrences is likely to impact the children... read more

What is kinship care?

When an adult provides custodial care for a minor child or youth who is related, this is called Kinship Care. The adult could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older adult sibling, or other relative;... read more

Is there help for grandparents raising grandchildren?

Assistance for grandparents raising grandchildren varies depending on where you live. California has a network of Kinship Support Services Programs throughout the state, funded by the State, and... read more

How can I learn more about legal guardianship?

The California Judicial Council maintains the following web site to answer questions about legal guardianship. http://www.courts.ca.gov/1206.htm The California Courts have developed a pamphlet... read more

What family therapy does Kinship Center offer?

Kinship Center uses its' own unique model of family therapy, consisting of developmental re-parenting, attachment theory and trauma treatment, all of which are used to individualize treatment... read more

How do I get my child assessed?

In order to make a diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) one needs an assessment by a competent professional with specialized training. That means an assessment by a professional with... read more

Where do I find help for problems with adopted children?

Start with the agency you adopted from. The social workers should be able to give you a solid array of resources. If you did not adopt through an agency, call the local adoption agencies. If you... read more

What is attachment disorder?

Attachment disorder is a broad term that describes disorders of mood, behavior, and social relationships that comes from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregiving figures in early... read more

What services does Kinship Center have for children who have PTSD, attachment issues, anxiety and depression?

Kinship Center has almost three decades of experience working with children who have experienced trauma and transitioning to family sustainability or permanency. The organization has mental health... read more

What is Wraparound?

Wraparound is a philosophy of care that is community based, culturally relevant, individualized, strength based, and family centered. To be eligible, a child must have severe emotional and/or behavioral... read more

What is Adoption Wraparound?

Sometimes adoptive families find themselves in difficulty as they struggle to help their child with behavioral challenges as he or she progresses through the developmental stages. Kinship Center... read more

How do I find Wraparound services in California?

Kinship Center provides its Post-Adoption Wraparound services from its three regional hubs in San Jose, Tustin and Salinas. However, the staff can assist families throughout the state, by travelling... read more

What education and resources does Kinship Center offer for parents and professionals?

Kinship Center offers many resources and education opportunities for adoptive and foster parents as well as kinship caregivers. Additionally, we provide specialized training for child welfare... read more
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