Alternatives to Fostering

The Need

There are not enough families to care for the nearly 1,400 children age five and younger in foster care in San Diego County. For every child we placed last year in a loving, stable home, we were forced to turn away three more because we had no homes available. Two-thirds of those infants and toddlers were siblings that needed to stay together. Look below for some ways that you can support our current foster parents and help us find more families.

How You Can Help

Become a respite family, a fully certified foster family focused on supporting other foster families for a period of a few days up to two weeks. Our greatest need is for families who can provide respite care for sibling sets, for children with special needs, and during the work week. To learn more, email Elizabeth Perlin at

Become a child care volunteer and care for children at our office during times of training and support groups for our certified foster parents. To learn more, email Lani Barnes at

Become a community ambassador and organize / host a foster parent outreach event. Or invite us to speak to community groups you are associated with. To learn more, email Lani Barnes at