Orientations are mandatory for all families interested in fostering or adopting children. An orientation session explains county policies, the licensing and certification process, and the types of children who need families. Prospective parents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the foster care and adoption licensing processes.

Alameda County Orientation Schedule

  • North County: 3rd Thursday each month
  • South County: 2nd Tuesday each month

Please call for times and locations.

Adoption Information: (510) 268-2440
Foster Care Information: (510) 268-2444

Contra Costa Orientation Schedule

June 5/ 10am-noon – Employment and Human Services, 1275 Hall Ave., Richmond

June 12/ 7-9pm – Concord Police Department, 1350 Galindo St, Concord

June 14/ 10am-noon – Employment and Human Services, 4549 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch

Dates and locations are subject to change, and extra sessions may be added if there are sufficient people.  Please call (925) 335-7089 for more information

Contra Costa Orientación en Español

  • Por Favor llame al (925) 335-7040 para ulterior información.

San Mateo Orientation Schedule

Orientations are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7-9:30 pm at different locations (see below).  Please call or email (650) 595-7651 to confirm dates, times and locations of orientations.

There is no childcare available at San Mateo county orientations. Couples/partners are requested to attend an orientation together.

For more information about orientations in San Mateo county, visit the county website at:

San Mateo Orientation Information