County of Marin - News Releases - Foster Parenting

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016

Learn About Foster Parenting on April 19

Marin’s most vulnerable kids need help

San Rafael, CA – On any given day, Marin County averages 80 children in out-of-home care, also known as foster care. But the county only has 35 licensed foster homes. It’s a nightly predicament.

Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS), which coordinates foster care in the county, is appealing to anyone who has considered providing a temporary home to a child in need. The next orientation for potential foster parents will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

Children come into the child welfare system for a variety of reasons, through no fault of their own. They are among the county’s most vulnerable residents.

“They all need and deserve a safe, loving, and consistent place to live where they can thrive and mature,” said Cindy Wasserman of HHS’ Family Services Division. “As a foster parent you will become an important part of a child’s life by providing a nurturing home to a child or siblings. It’s a rewarding experience for the whole family.”

Foster care doesn’t just change the future of the children in need of a home. It changes the families that take care of them. The 15-year-old son of one of Marin’s foster parents described his experience: 

“When I tell people that my family is a foster family, they always say ‘What a great service to the county that is.’ I never saw it that way, though. To me, this little person was my new sibling for six months. Caring for this child wasn’t a service, it was family.

“I am the youngest in my family and I always wanted a little brother. Well, in first grade I got my wish, and my family received a 5-day old named Ricky*. Ricky was my little brother that I could play with, feed, hold and altogether love. Now I’m a 15-year-old who has had many younger foster brothers and sisters and can take care of children from 3 months old to 10 years old.”

Foster parents may be any adult age, of any sexual orientation, and be single or part of a couple – married or not. They must be willing to work as part of a team and provide a safe and consistent home to the children they serve. There is a growing need for Spanish-speaking families and those who can care for sibling groups. 

HHS’ Children and Family Services Division offers monthly orientations for anyone who would like more information about foster care. The April 19 orientation will be at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus, 3250 Kerner Blvd., Room 107, San Rafael. A social worker and an experienced foster parent facilitate the meetings and discuss the application process, the training and support available. For more information and future dates, visit or call 415-473-2200.

For accessibility accommodation, please contact us in advance of the event at or TTY (415) 473-3232.

*name changed to protect identity


Cindy Wasserman
Child Welfare Worker
Health and Human Services

3250 Kerner Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-5028
Email: Cindy Wasserman
Marin HHS website