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For more than 38 years, we have had the privilege of partnering with families in the community to care for children in crisis. Foster parenting is an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding experience that saves children’s lives.

Our Emergency Foster Care program is designed for individuals and families that have a desire to open their home for Foster Caretemporary, emergency intervention for children in crisis. We turn children away every day because we don’t have immediate space available in one of our agency homes.  Families that participate in this program will provide safety and stability for a child in need for a short period of time until space becomes available in another agency home.

Our Foster Care/Adoption program provides a high level of family care for our vulnerable children.  Families participating in this program will provide a stable and loving home where children can build social and developmental skills. The level of care provided by our Foster Care/Adoptive homes has a profound impact on the overall development of the child in care. This program is designed to provide care for children until family reunification or another permanent placement is established.

If you are interested in learning more about the Foster Care program at Casa de Esperanza or attending our next Foster Care/Adoption orientation, please contact:

Chrystal Hamilton-Dorelien

Orientations are held monthly.  Prior to receiving an invitation to orientation, a pre-screening application must be completed.  Please contact Chrystal (contact information above) for more information.  


All families participate in our foster care program voluntarily and therefore do not receive financial compensation from Casa de Esperanza for their services.
Casa de Esperanza provides ongoing training to equip families with the necessary skills to provide the best possible care for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Our Caseworkers and on-site pscyhologist are available to offer support, advice and comfort and care for families facing challenges with their children.
From the moment a family begins the training process; our staff evaluates the strengths of the family and assesses the needs of the children in our care.  We carefully match your family’s strengths with the needs of a child in our care.  While you cannot “hand-pick” the child, you have the right to refuse our selected placement and wait for another child in need.
The length of the process varies from family to family. Generally, it takes three to four months to become a licensed foster home. The process includes:
  • Completing an initial phone screening
  • attending an informational orientation
  • completing the application
  • one-two  informal interviews
  • 40 hours of training (currently hosting a hybrid of on-site/virtual due to COVID-19 safety protocols)
  • participating in a home study
Casa de Esperanza is primarily a foster care agency.  Children placed in foster homes remain in placement until a permanent placement becomes available.  Adoptions are done only if family reunification is not possible. Casa de Esperanza does not guarantee adoption of any child placed in a foster home.