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After trying to conceive, Jack and Shelly decided they would pursue adoption. After reunifying the two children they had been fostering for a year and a half, they temporarily yielded the expansion of their family to work on their careers. Seven years later, Jack and Shelly returned to Olive Crest ready to adopt.

Marissa and Jenelle wanted to be adopted. Statistically, the probability was low. Not only were they siblings, they were also 13-year-old twins. In October, Olive Crest was privileged to accompany Jack, Shelly, Marissa, and Jenelle to the courthouse as the four of them joined hands and hearts to become one family…permanently.

Olive Crest – A Full-Service Adoption Agency

The Foster/Adopt program started in 1998 and is licensed to provide adoption and foster family services in five Southern California counties. Since its inception in 1973, Olive Crest has been expanding its services to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children. Finding permanent homes for the increasing number of special needs children has prompted Olive Crest to become licensed as a full-service adoption agency.

Olive Crest possesses the experience and knowledge to prepare and support families desiring to adopt special needs children. After 30 years of caring for these children, Olive Crest has worked with various placement and service agencies, community and religious organizations, and care providers. As a foster family and adoption agency, Olive Crest is experienced in recruiting and training families to cope with the needs of abused and neglected children.

SERVICES

  • Training & education
  • Ongoing home visits
  • Financial support
  • School consultation
  • Coordination of medical needs
  • 24/7 help line
  • Special events and activities
  • Support groups
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Babysitting
  • Respite care
  • Overall guidance in child development

Becoming an Adoptive Parent

The certification process can take approximately three to six months for completion. Please select the appropriate region for certification steps in your community.

STEP ONE

After receiving your pre-application, an Olive Crest certification coordinator will visit your home and discuss Olive Crest’s Foster and Adoptive programs. The certification coordinator will also walk through your home and give recommendations for safety precautions according to state licensing regulations. This visit can be scheduled for a weekday or evening.

STEP TWO

An Olive Crest case manager or adoption worker will visit your family and conduct a clinical interview to gather information about your past and present family relationships and experiences. If you have children living in the home, they will be required to be present for at least a portion of the time. This visit takes approximately four – five hours and may be scheduled during the day or evening. (Some case managers may require more than one visit.)

STEP THREE

An assessment will take place at Olive Crest between the certification coordinator, case manager/adoption worker and Olive Crest’s management team. This assessment is designed to determine your strengths as a family in relationship to the population of children we serve. In almost all cases, Olive Crest will have recommendations to help you better prepare for a foster child. In some cases, Olive Crest may recommend you wait, and in very few cases, may decide to not continue processing your application for reasons that will be explained to you.

STEP FOUR

You will be contacted by your certification coordinator or case manager/adoption worker regarding the results of the assessment. You may also be contacted by the case manager/adoption worker with recommendations or follow-up questions. At this point you are eligible to be pre-certified. You will be sent a task packet that will include the necessary materials to be electronically fingerprinted, as well as a list of paperwork you’ll need to submit and tasks you’ll need to complete prior to your certification.

STEP FIVE

All of our pre-certified parents must attend Olive Crest’s pre-certification trainings. These are two eight-hour training sessions and an attachment training. If you are a Foster/Adopt family, you will be required to attend additional adoption training that is designed to address the special issues surrounding an adoption process.

STEP SIX

The final step to becoming certified is to have your certification coordinator out to your home one last time to perform the final walk-through. During the final walk-through, your certification coordinator will need to see that your home has been adjusted to meet licensing regulations. Any remaining paperwork required for certification will be picked up at this time.

For additional questions, please call 1.800.74.FOSTER.

STEP ONE

After receiving your pre-application, your Olive Crest certification coordinator will visit your home and discuss Olive Crest’s Foster programs. The certification coordinator will also walk through your home and give recommendations for safety precautions according to state licensing regulations. This visit can be scheduled for a weekday or evening.

STEP TWO

An Olive Crest case manager will visit your family and conduct a clinical interview to gather information about your past and present family relationships and experiences. If you have children living with you, they will be required to be present for at least a portion of the time. This visit will last from two to three hours and can be scheduled on weekdays or evenings.

STEP THREE

An assessment will take place at Olive Crest between the certification coordinator, case manager, director, and Olive Crest’s management team. This assessment is designed to determine your strengths as a family in relationship to the population of children we serve. In almost all cases, Olive Crest will have recommendations to help you better prepare for a foster child. In some cases, Olive Crest may recommend you wait to become a foster or adoptive family, and in very few cases, may decide to not continue processing your application for reasons that will be explained to you.

STEP FOUR

You will be contacted by your certification coordinator regarding the results of the assessment or with recommendations or follow-up questions. At this point, you are eligible to be pre-certified. Your certification coordinator will schedule a time with you to go over your task packet that will include the necessary materials to be fingerprinted as well as a list of paperwork you’ll need to submit and tasks you’ll need to complete prior to your certification.

STEP FIVE

All of our pre-certified parents must attend Olive Crest’s pre-certification trainings. This training will be 30 to 40 hours and is held on evenings and Saturdays (some training will be done in-home). Once these tasks are completed, your application will be submitted to the State of Nevada.

STEP SIX

Your certification coordinator will visit your home one last time to conduct a pre-licensing walk-through to assess the safety and security of your home as well as make sure that your home has been adjusted to meet licensing regulations.

STEP SEVEN

A State of Nevada licensing official will visit your home and conduct a final walk-through.

STEP ONE

Your Olive Crest certification coordinator will speak with you on the phone to answer your questions and discuss your expectations. An application packet that includes more extensive paperwork will be sent to your home.

STEP TWO

Your Olive Crest certification coordinator will visit your home and discuss Olive Crest’s Foster program. Your coordinator will walk through your home while discussing licensing requirements. This visit takes approximately two hours, and can be scheduled for a weekday or an evening.

STEP THREE

A clinical interviewer will visit your family and gather information about your past and present family relationships and experiences. If you have children living in the home, we will require their presence for at least a portion of the time. This visit can be scheduled during the day or evening, and sometimes requires follow-up visits or phone conversations.

STEP FOUR

While you are involved in the home study process with the clinical interviewer, your certification coordinator will proceed with your application. We will process criminal background checks and obtain references. We will also ask that you complete mandatory foster parent training required by the State of Washington.

STEP FIVE

A screening will take place at Olive Crest between your certification coordinator, clinical interviewer, and Olive Crest’s regional director. This screening process is designed to determine your strengths as a family in relationship to the population of children we serve. In almost all cases, Olive Crest will have recommendations to help you better prepare for a child. In some cases, Olive Crest may recommend you wait, and in very few cases, may decide not to continue processing your application for reasons that will be explained to you.

STEP SIX

Your certification coordinator will return to your home to do a final walk-through and pick up any remaining paperwork. During this visit, your certification coordinator will need to see that your home has been adjusted to meet licensing requirements.

STEP SEVEN

Your license application will be submitted to the State of Washington for final approval.


To fill out an online pre-application or request a phone call, please select the region closest to you.

If you do not live in an area Olive Crest serves, please contact your local state or county agency to learn more about the foster or foster/adoption process in your community.