Foster Parenting

Fostering a child is one of the most important things a person can do for a child. It is not always the easiest job and it requires a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication on the part of foster parents. However, there is nothing in the world that can replace the feeling of helping out a child; and in the end, that is why we choose to work with parents and children.

Becoming a foster parent is a process. It begins with making a decision on wanting to welcome a child into your home and ends with getting certified as a Resource Family through Atkinson Family Services.



You Can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life!

Become a Foster Parent with Atkinson Family Services!

You will receive:

  • 24-hour support
  • Training
  • Compensation

Contact Carolyn Johnson by phone (916-826-0090) or email for more information.



Minimum qualifications to become a resource family:

  • A desire to help child
  • Open to new ideas
  • Willingness to take trainings including First Aid/CPR
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Your home could provide for a bed, dresser drawers and closet space for each child
  • All adult able to pass a fingerprint /background check
  • Household income sufficient to support those currently in the home
  • Current drivers and a safe vehicle


Nancy Duncan

My name is Nancy Duncan: I was a foster child in Atkinson Youth Services from the age of 11 to 18.

I was lucky enough to be in a placement where I was loved unconditionally, and where I was taught the value of family, work and quality. I was encouraged to problem solve with my natural family and I also made lasting relationships with my foster siblings.

My husband and I are now foster parents, helping other foster children find the same security and opportunity.

Nancy Duncan