Fostering and Adoption Information – Orange County
Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming an Olive Crest Foster or Adoptive family.
Olive Crest is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the community by providing homes for children who are dependents of the state. These children have been taken into state custody due to abandonment, neglect, and/or abuse. Therefore, the children we care for require that Foster and Adoptive parents be educated on the special emotional needs these children may have. We provide in-home support, ongoing education classes and reimbursement for the care of children. Our Foster and Foster/Adopt parents are the primary agents of healing in the lives of the children we serve. We desire to equip our parents with the tools they need to have a positive impact on these children’s lives.
Foster and Foster/Adopt parents provide the primary care and supervision for these children. Therefore, Olive Crest Foster and Foster/Adopt parents need to ensure a safe, nurturing, and stable home environment that encourages the emotional and physical development of each child. Foster parent involvement can range from short-term care for children to adopting a child.
Shelter Care parents are available to provide immediate care for children who have been detained by Social Services. Care is provided until it is determined whether or not the child will remain a dependent of the court or whether there are family members available to care for the child.
Traditional foster parents are available to care for children who are dependents of the court. While the child is in care, the birth parents are given a plan for reunification by the court system. The child will be reunified with his or her parents if the court deems it appropriate and safe.
ITFC parents provide homes to children who have complex emotional and behavioral needs that exceed what a regular foster care family can meet. Olive Crest provides specialized and extensive training to these experienced foster parents and delivers a range of supportive resources and services. A case manager, behavioral coach, and specially trained therapist provide treatment designed to address childhood traumas.
Our Adoption program is dedicated to providing permanent families and quality services to children who are, or are expected to be, legally free for adoption. This includes the many waiting children in the foster care system. These children are generally over the age of 3, part of a sibling set, and come from various ethnic backgrounds.
Olive Crest also has a Title IV-B Subpart 2 grant from the Division of Child and Family Services to complete adoption home studies and social summaries; this is a support to the adoption finalization process. Olive Crest was recently awarded a contract with the Department of Family Services to complete home studies and social summaries, which has increased our capacity.
Olive Crest has a 30-year history of providing care for children in need. Olive Crest was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, which are reflected in the care we provide and our treatment philosophy. While we recruit Foster and Foster/Adopt parents from many areas of the community, we have attracted a large contingency of families from local churches. Olive Crest complies with state licensing requirements and manages each home within its guidelines.
If becoming a Foster or Foster/Adopt parent through Olive Crest sounds like something you would be interested in pursuing, please click the “Agree” link which will prompt you to fill out a pre-application survey (approximately 30 minutes to complete). Thank you for the time and importance you have placed on making your decision.
Would you like to speak to a foster family specialist before filling out a pre-application?
Contact Diane Gomez: firstname.lastname@example.org | 714.543.5437 x.1127