The Good Shepherd

The Coptic Foundation of Social Justice presents

The Good Shepherd
Foster Family Agency

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Luke 9:47

Become a Foster Parent today!

Our Services

Became Foster Parent

Foster a Child

Open Your Heart & Home: Invite a child in need into your life. Fostering a child is more than just providing a roof over their head. It’s about opening your heart and home to a young life that is seeking the warmth, safety, and guidance of a family. Become a Foster Parent today!

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Fostering Great Ideas is powered by awesome volunteers. Join us! If you’re passionate about our mission, please let us know. Fill out the form on this page, and tell us what area you’re interested in pursuing.
Donate to Our Cause!

Together we can reimagine foster care. A lasting change starts with you. A monthly donation is the most effective way to reach children year round. You may also Sponsor a Child during their Foster Care life period. Thank you for your gift of support.

Foster Care in California: An Overview

Becoming a foster parent in Riverside or other California counties such as San Bernardino or Orange is a path filled with both challenges and triumphs. Moreover, the state’s need for emergency fostering and intensive services foster care programs has led to a call for benevolent individuals. Consequently, in places like Riverside, and counties including Orange and San Bernardino, the push for foster care is critical. In 2023, foster care rates in California adapted to the rising cost of living, ensuring foster parent pay rates are sufficient for the well-being of the child. Nevertheless, eligibility is stringent; factors like criminal history or an unstable living environment could disqualify one from being a foster parent in California.

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California’s Foster Care Requirements & Statistics

Furthermore, with the increasing influx of children into the system, California’s foster care statistics underscore the dire need for more foster homes. Thus, while financial support is provided, it is not intended as income, but to cater to the child’s needs. Additionally, compliance with foster care bedroom requirements is a vital initial step, ensuring each child’s safety and comfort. Finally, when it comes to compensation, how much foster parents get paid in California is a common query. While reimbursements are available, the real value lies in the impactful difference made in the children’s lives, aligning with the state’s vision to nurture their potential for a promising future.
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Foster Parent Take a Journey of Love

The Good Shepherd Family Services is a licensed treatment foster family agency located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We are a faith based organization and part of the Coptic Diocese of Los Angeles under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham. Our community of foster adoptive families meet to share the journey and community resources. We engage with donors, partners and sponsors to embrace our children and empower our families. Ask us about how to become a foster parent!

Additionally, we’re proud to contribute to California’s foster care statistics, demonstrating the positive changes made in children’s lives. We’re eager to share how much California pays for foster care and the impact of our collective efforts.

If you’re pondering the rewards of fostering, consider this: it’s not just about how much foster parents get paid in California. It’s about the invaluable difference you can make in a child’s life. Interested in joining our community? Reach out and take the first step on this profoundly rewarding path.

The Coptic Foundation of Social Justice is a proud partner of the following organizations:

Children requiring placement are secured from our contracted Children & Family Services Departments in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.

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Centered Around Nurturing a Child's Life

Foster Hope! Foster Love! Foster a Child!

At The Good Shepherd, we offer a compassionate array of services designed to support and uplift children and families.

Foster Care Services

The Good Shepherd Family Services provides comprehensive foster care services, offering a safe haven for children in need. Our program in Rancho Cucamonga, with ties to the greater San Francisco area and beyond, includes emergency fostering and specialized care. 

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Adoption Services

The Good Shepherd Family Services extends its heart to adoption services, facilitating forever homes for children in need. With a commitment to unite loving families in San Francisco, Bakersfield, and across California, we guide potential parents through the adoption journey. 

Mental Health Services

The Good Shepherd Family Services recognizes the importance of mental well-being, especially for those in the foster care system. Our mental health services cater to individuals in San Francisco, Bakersfield, and throughout California.

What is it like to be in Foster Care?

When children enter foster care, their lives undergo significant changes. They relocate, switch schools, lose contact with friends and neighbors, and even change doctors. Separation from siblings is frequent, and academic setbacks are common. These children often grapple with emotions such as anger, sadness, and confusion, experiencing trauma, anxiety, and loss. They frequently ask themselves, “Why is this happening to me? What did I do wrong? What will happen next?” It’s crucial to provide them with stability and support during these challenging transitions.

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Sibling Separated
In many States, over half of sibling groups are separated and placed in different homes.
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School Changes
More than a third of 17-18 year olds in foster care have experienced 5 or more school changes.
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Reunify with their parents
Almost half of the children exiting foster care are reunified with their parent(s) or caretaker(s).
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Mental Illness
More than half of the children who age out of foster care have one or more emotional disorder.
Steps to Fostering a Child

The Journey of Being a Foster Parent

Allow us to guide and support you in California on your journey to become an approved and well-trained foster parent, ensuring you’re fully equipped and ready for this rewarding role using 2024 training material.

YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE

Give the Gift of Hope with Your Donation

CHILDREN

Delivered Directly to Our Foster Children!

Providing children’s basic needs such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items; educational and mental health support.
Goal : $10,000
13%

Collected : $300

FAMILIES

Resources and Whole Family Programs

Includes planning parenting workshops, support groups, youth programs and case management services to our families.
Goal : $14,000
17%

Collected : $2,380

ADMINISTRATIVE

Administrative Support for Our Offices

Include; staff salaries, office supplies and equipment, rent and utilities, training and professional development.
Goal : $15,000
Raised 33%

Collected : $4,950

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Feedback on our programs

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