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Foster Family Agency

As a licensed Resource Family Agency (Foster Family Agency) (RFA License #370603102), Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) helps parents of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities manage difficult challenges and obtain the relief and support they need.


Resource Families are available for youth (the period between childhood and adult age) with special needs who are unable to remain with their family of origin. Can you provide a caring home to foster youth with special needs in the San Diego area? 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. If you are interesting in becoming a TMI Resource Family, please contact Norma Durazo at (619) 209-9750 or Please submit this form to get started or visit our Become a Resource Family page for additional details and requirements.


Our Resource Family program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comprehensive orientation to new Resource Families followed by extensive ongoing training to fulfill annual requirements

  • Pro-Act certification

  • Resource Parent support group meetings

  • Ongoing certification of resource family homes per Community Care Licensing and Regional Center requirements

  • Placement of youth with Resource Families chosen to best meet the needs of youth

  • Respite (out-of-home) provided by our Resource Families to Regional Center clients

  • Facilitation of shared parenting relationships and communication between parents of origin and Resource Parents

  • Social work support to Resource Families and families of origin

  • Assistance to resource parents at medical and psychiatric appointments

  • Intensive supports by master level social workers

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

Latest Resource Family Stories

Children thrive when they feel safe, secure and loved. This is the drive behind our belief that “all children belong in families!”

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