Community Information Database

Community Information Database

Adoption Awareness Month


Being a parent wasn't just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.

-Jodi Picoult


This November, the Community Information Database draws attention to the outstanding agencies providing access to the hundreds of children and youth throughout Santa Cruz County in need of permanent, loving homes, through family support, adoption, and foster care.


Human Services Department: Family and Children’s Services

More than 60,000 children in California currently reside in foster care. Every day, more children and youth enter the foster care system and are in need of safe, loving homes. Some need a temporary place to stay. Others need families willing to commit to their care for a lifetime. All children and youth deserve to be raised in homes where they can thrive and reach their highest potential.

At any given time in Santa Cruz County roughly 250 children and youth are in need of foster and adoptive parents able to care for them. There is always a strong placement need for older children, sibling sets, and children with special challenges.

Family and Children's Services of Santa Cruz County works with local families interested in extending their homes and their hearts to kids in need.


Learn More at an Orientation

The first step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent is to attend an orientation at the Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz, which holds orientations on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. There is no need to register beforehand. Just come join in!

  • Wednesday, November 6th
  • Wednesday, December 4th

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