North Star Family Center

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6051 N. Fresno Street
Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93710
United States

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Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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North Star works in cooperation with county social service agencies that remove children from their homes due to neglect, abandonment, abuse, delinquency, guardian absence, or voluntary placement. The county refers children to private agencies like North Star for placement in a program that will best meet the children’s needs. When North Star receives a call for placement of a child, our staff and county placement worker collaborate to assess the child’s needs to determine the most appropriate home or program.

When a child is placed in a North Star approved home, the foster family receives monthly monetary reimbursement for the care of the child, 24-hour support services by master’s level social work staff, and continuous specialized training and support for all the child’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. How long a child is in a home is typically determined by the initial assessment of the child. The length of time children are in placement can vary from short-term, up to six months, to long-term, up to several years, in addition to guardianship or adoption.

North Star works diligently to serve as the voice of—and information source—for our families, children, staff, and counties. North Star strives to be better informed, managed, governed, and represented at all levels of care with strong, vibrant, and diverse programming.

The mission of North Star Family Center is to protect and strengthen children and families by addressing their diverse social needs through community based programs and relationships.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many do not realize the need for new resource families in California. The number of foster kids outnumber the foster families who can provide short or long-term care. Foster advocates work hard to find places for these children, but it is not easy.

The latest 2021 report from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report in California says there are:

  • 47,871 kids in California's foster care system
  • 22,892 who entered foster care
  • 15,386 foster kids awaiting adoption
  • California foster kids across all ages, with a median of 8 years
  • 33% whose foster child case plans include adoption

A child's median time in the California foster care system is over a year at 16.8 months. 13% spend 3-4 years in foster care.

California needs foster parents to take in multiple children if they have the time and energy to care for them. Sibling groups often need care, and it is essential to support these family bonds. In California, it is challenging to find homes for teenagers, though they need stable environments and reliable adults to support them.

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