Angels families are as diverse as our vibrant San Diego community. We welcome individuals or couples regardless of race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. Families with children and grandchildren of their own are a valued part of our network.
Step By Step Fostering

Fostering Step-by-Step

Become an Angels Foster Family

Non-Traditional Families

Non-Traditional Families

Families come in many different forms


Screening Process

The MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory)


Foster Parent Training

Pre-Certification Program covers practical parenting skills

In San Diego County alone, more than 1,200 infants and toddlers need shelter, love, and support while their biological parents are given the time they need to get their lives back on track. Families who foster with Angels are asked to commit to being the child’s or sibling set’s only placement, which could mean their service lasts a weekend, several weeks, months, or even years. (The average placement time is 18 months.) Angels families focus on one child or sibling set at a time so these infants and toddlers can receive the time and attention they need and deserve. Our goal is to reunify children with their biological families. However, 30% of the time, this is not possible and children may be placed for adoption.

Looking for Qualified Families

Angels seeks the most highly qualified families to foster infants and toddlers. With careful screening, we ensure that each child has a safe, loving home.

To become a foster parent, you must attend an information session to determine if fostering is right for your family. Once you decide to move forward, you will need to pass a background check, including fingerprints and home inspection. You then attend a training in preparation for every aspect of fostering a child. When training is complete and documents are submitted, you will be certified and eligible to welcome a child into your home.

Fostering Requirements

Must be 21 years old, preferably 25, or older (no maximum age limit)

Must be in good physical and mental health

Fingerprints cleared through the FBI, Department of Justice and Child Abuse Index Clearance

Must be a safe, responsible driver with available transportation

Must be able to financially provide for a foster child(ren)

Must have adequate space in your home

Fostering Allowance

Families who foster through Angels are volunteers who see their service as a contribution to the health and well-being of children and their biological families.

People who foster receive the standard allowance from the county to cover expenses, such as formula, diapers, clothing, and other necessities. They may also receive assistance for additional food costs through the Women Infants Children (WIC) program. All medical and legal expenses are covered directly by the State of California.

Angels receives generous support from the community and can often provide basic supplies, including infant formula, diapers, clothing, blankets, and some extras based on a child’s needs. This allows the family to focus on the emotional needs of the child during the first days. We appreciate the many individuals, community groups, faith-based organizations, and Girl Scout troops who donate items for Angels’ infants and toddlers.

Change the life of a child today!

Get started on the path to fostering a child.