BECOME A RESOURCE FAMILY

Can you provide a caring home to a youth with special needs in the San Diego area? As a licensed Resource Family Agency (previously named Foster Family Agency) (RFA License #370603102), Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) believes all youth belong in families. We strive to find resource families for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who are unable to remain with their family of origin. Youth thrive when they feel safe, secure and loved. It is our goal to recruit resources families that can offer these comforts that should be afforded to all youth. 

Potential resource families attend a TMI Resource Parent Orientation to determine if our program would be a good fit for you and your family, as well as best meet the needs of the youth we serve. Once you are accepted as a TMI resource family and a match is made with a youth, resource families receive the following:

 

  • Monthly financial and respite stipends

  • Comprehensive orientation and extensive ongoing training to fulfill annual training requirements

  • In-house autism spectrum disorder certification

  • Pro-Act certification

  • Resource parent support group meetings

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Facilitation of shared parenting relationships and communication between parents of origin and resource parents

  • Master level social work support

  • Assistance at medical and psychiatric appointments

  • Behavioral support provided by a licensed clinician (when appropriate)

  • The satisfaction of being a positive influence on a youth in need of care, love and a sense of belonging

RESOURCE FAMILY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

We have youth waiting for a caring home. These youth have a variety of needs, but all require families concerned with their overall well being. Some placements are temporary, while others could lead to adoption and family for life.

While the State of California has a number of requirements for resource families, the following are initial TMI requirements:

  • Be over the age of 25

  • Pass a Criminal Background Check

  • SAFE assessment including all family members residing in the potential resource home

  • Have a regular source of income to support your own monthly expenses

  • Have at least one available bedroom

  • Have a car, valid car insurance & a clean DMV report

  • Have some flexibility in your schedule to accommodate the resource youth's court ordered visits, therapy, and medical appointments

  • Your home must pass a state required Home Safety Check

  • You must supervise youth, including teens, when they are not in school or in supervised activities

  • You may be single or married

  • You may own or rent your home or apartment

GET STARTED TODAY

Please contact us at (800) 877-5452 to attend a New Resource Parent Orientation should you wish to learn more about becoming a resource parent for a youth with special needs. You can make a lasting impact in a youth's life, as they will in yours. We thank you in advance for making a difference!

TMI receives funding from DDS. Should you wish to report any questions or concerns, please contact their office at (916) 654-1690 or via the DDS website.

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CORPORATE OFFICE: 4740 MURPHY CANYON RD., SAN DIEGO, CA 92123 | (800) 877-5452

TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL

DISABILITIES SINCE 1981 AND THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SINCE 2000.

SERVING SAN DIEGO, RIVERSIDE AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES.

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