Alliance Human Services California

Alliance Human Services, Inc. has been licensed as a Foster Family Agency (FFA) in California since 2004. We are also a licensed Adoption Agency. We serve children with a range of behavioral and emotional challenges, and specialize in services to children and youth with cognitive and developmental disabilities, including children with autism.

We are fully accredited by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, and are members of the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association and the Association of Community Human Service Agencies.


Becoming a Certified Foster Parent
Foster Care FAQ
Becoming an Adoptive Parent
Offices
Regional Center Information

Referring a Child
Contact Us


Becoming a Certified Foster Parent:

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child?

Alliance is looking for caring individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children with emotional, behavioral and physical challenges and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Certified Parents are team players, committed to making a difference by creating a safe and nurturing environment for children with special needs.

Certified Parents are men and women, twenty-one years of age or older, who are willing to provide specialized therapeutic services in their own home and community. Some certified parents are married, some are single, and others live with a family member or partner. Because the difficulties faced by children with disabilities and/or behavioral problems require a substantial commitment of time and energy, some Certified Parents make fostering a full time endeavor.

Certified Parents are at the heart of the service team. They have day-to-day responsibility for the child and ensure that the Individual Needs and Services Plan (INSP) is followed. Some Certified Parents have a formal background in nursing or health and human services. Others have no formal training in human services, but have a wealth of life experience to draw upon. Comprehensive skills development opportunities help prepare Certified Parents for the specific child who will be placed in their home. Additionally, Certified Parents are actively supported and monitored by the professional Alliance FFA staff.

Basic Qualifications to become a Certified Parent:
  • The candidate must be at least twenty-one (21) years old;

  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED;

  • Possess a valid driver's license, satisfactory DMV record, and have a access to an automobile;

  • Present three references (1) personal & (2) professional;

  • Complete an application process including a comprehensive application and interview;

  • Satisfactorily complete a physical examination and TB screening;

  • Pass a criminal history, fraud and background check;

  • Have adequate home space and the home must meet certain minimum standards; and

  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of free training.
Alliance Human Services does not discriminate with reference to sex, age, race, religion, color, political affiliation, national origin, handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Alliance offers:
  • A competitive stipend (Call for details).

  • FREE training and skill development.

  • Access to 24-hr professional support.

  • Support groups for parents.

  • The chance to be a part of a team helping to make a positive impact on the future of a child.
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Foster Care FAQ:

Do I have any say in which individual will be living in my home?
The matching of an individual with a foster parent is an important process that involves the Program Manager, Social Worker, Recruiter and other program staff. The particular preferences and abilities of the foster parent are considered when making the match. Once a potential match is identified, the Social Worker or Recruiter presents the facts of the case to the foster parent. The Certified Parent has the right, at this point, to decline to work with a particular individual and to be considered for a later match.

What information is provided to me about the individual with whom I will be working?
Prior to placement, the Social Worker reviews the case record and pertinent information with the Certified Parent. As part of the individual planning team, the Certified Parent is provided with all available information necessary to formulate and implement an effective Individual Service Plan.

What are my daily responsibilities to the individual in my care?
The primary responsibility of a Certified Parent is to implement the Individual Service Plan for the person in his or her care. Since the individual is living in the Certified Parent’s home, the Certified Parent is responsible to provide basic home care and related responsibilities. Such responsibilities include providing nutritional meals, providing transportation to appointments and recreational activities, and providing access to religious services if necessary.

Who are Certified Parents?
Certified Parents are men and women, 21 years of age or older, who provide individualized supports and services in their own home and community. Foster parents become trusted guides, tutors, and advocates for the individuals with whom they live. They are offered opportunities for skill development specific to the needs of the individuals with whom they will be working.

Who is the Social Worker?
A Social Worker is a professional, such as a master's level social worker, who, in combination with a Certified Parent, forms the core of Alliance. The Social Worker provides oversight and guidance to the team and works with the other key people involved with the individual’s program.

What is Alliance Human Services?
Alliance Human Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides foster care services to children and youth who have emotional or behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, are medically fragile, or are in the juvenile justice system. Often the children we serve have been served unsuccessfully in homes by other agencies, or come from more restrictive settings such as detention centers or residential facilities.

The most important aspect of Alliance host-home program is the matching and placing of an individual in the home of a trained Certified Parent. Here, under the specialized care of a multi-disciplinary team and the close support and supervision of a Certified Parent, the individual receives active support services to live a full and healthy life.

Planning Team?
The multi-disciplinary team supporting the child includes the Certified Parent, the Social Worker, referring agency case managers, other community professionals as well as the biological family, when appropriate. All services to be provided by the Certified Parent are clearly specified in the Individual Service Plan developed by this team. The Certified Parent is an active member of the team and is a primary service provider, working with the support of the professional staff.

Who are the individuals to whom Alliance provides services?
Alliance serves a wide range of children in need of residential services. Currently, Alliance serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges, children and adolescents with complex medical needs, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals in the juvenile justice system.

Where do the people Alliance serves come from?
Individuals are referred to Alliance from state and county agencies. Individuals may have previously lived in state institutions, large group homes, hospitals, their own homes, and long-term care facilities.

What are the standards on which I am judged to be qualified?
Persons interested in becoming a Certified Parent are required to meet Alliance’s prerequisites for service, as well as any licensing and certification requirements of the state and/or funding source. The Recruiter conducts an extensive home study with fire safety and health inspections to ensure that the home meets all of Alliance’s standards and all state and local licensing requirements. Additionally, Alliance conducts an FBI fingerprint background check and a criminal background check of every adult member (18 years of age or older) in the candidate’s household. Employment references as well as personal references are also reviewed. All household members must submit a current medical report.

What type of emergency procedures or backup do I have in case of a crisis?
Every program in Alliance has specified procedures regarding emergency situations. A 24-hour on-call system is operational in all programs. Alliance will provide guidance on the use of these procedures.

What is my liability in caring for an individual?
Alliance carries professional liability insurance to cover itself against claims arising from incidents that occur while an individual is receiving our services. Subject to the exclusions and qualifications set forth in the policy, this coverage can be extended to staff, agents and contractors, (a Certified Parent is an independent contractor to the company), at the company's sole discretion. It is required that all foster parents carry their own property insurance with appropriate levels of coverage.

How am I paid and what is my tax liability?
Certified Parents are independent contractors who are not employees of Alliance. Certified Parents are self-employed individuals who contract with Alliance and are reimbursed on a per-diem basis and have no payroll taxes deducted from their checks. Rates of reimbursement are established prior to each placement and are specified in the placement agreement. Certified Parents are paid twice a month. As self-employed individuals, Certified Parents may be liable for their own federal and state income taxes. We recommend that Certified Parents consult with an accountant or attorney concerning any questions they may have regarding tax laws or their tax obligations.

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Becoming an Adoptive Parent:

Alliance Human Services is committed to the child's need for placement in a permanent home. Therefore, Alliance encourages foster parents to consider adoption as a possibility from their initial recruitment, through the child's early placement, as a potential for each child. Alliance is a licensed Adoptions Agency and works with County Placement Agencies to facilitate adoptions where appropriate.

In order to facilitate strong attachments, Alliance Human Services provides training and supportive therapy for the family and child. Counseling is available to the family after the legal adoption is finalized. Alliance is committed to facilitating that child's adjustments to his/her permanent family as the child grows through each developmental stage into early adulthood.

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Offices:

California

Rancho Cucamonga
9166 Anaheim Place, Suite 225
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Location Map
Telephone: 909-476-1185
Fax: 909-476-1195
CA License # 366407265

Bakersfield Sub-office
5329 Office Center Court, Suite 120
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Location Map
Telephone: 661-325-6939
Fax: 661-325-6938
CA License # 157804789

Torrance Sub-office
21311 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 330
Torrance, CA 90503
Location Map
Telephone: 310-792-8920
Fax: 310-792-8998
CA License # 197805864

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Regional Center Information:

Regional Center Appeals Information Link

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Referring a Child:

SERVICES PROVIDED:

• Emergency placements
• Transportation to all appointments
• Weekly in-home contact with foster parents
• Weekly face-to-face meetings with child
• Treatment and service planning
• Referral for evaluations/services
• Education/school liaison
• Medication monitoring
• Court attendance and testimony
• Regular reports to referring agency
• Documentation of medical/dental contacts
• Assistance with visitation
• 24 hour on-call service to foster parents
• Training for foster parents
• Quarterly assessment of foster homes
• Quality assurance/Outcome data

Alliance is a vendored Regional Center Provider

For further information or to make a referral, contact:

Rancho Cucamonga:
(909) 476-1185, AFTER HOURS (909) 896-1013

Bakersfield Sub-office
(661) 325-6939, AFTER HOURS (661) 487-5319

Torrance Sub-office
(310) 792-8920, AFTER HOURS (310) 854-9463

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Contact Us:

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or an adoptive parent or would like to refer a child to our services, please contact:

Rancho Cucamonga
9166 Anaheim Place, Suite 225
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Telephone: 909-476-1185
Fax: 909-476-1195
Email: RanchoInfo@alliancehhs.org

Bakersfield Sub-office
5329 Office Center Court, Suite 120
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Telephone: 661-325-6939
Fax: 661-325-6938
Email: BakersfieldInfo@alliancehhs.org

Torrance Sub-office
21311 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 330
Torrance, CA 90503
Telephone: 310-792-8920
Fax: 310-792-8998
Email: TorranceInfo@alliancehhs.org

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