Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA)

The Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association center was founded in 2002 by a large grant from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The KAFPA resource center is run by the Santa Clara County Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA).

The KAFPA mission is to work as one to provide resources and stand up for the needs of kinship, adoptive and foster families in Santa Clara County. KAFPA is Northern California’s largest kinship, adoptive, and foster parent group, and mostly volunteer run non-profit. The KAFPA resource center gives families a space for meetings, trainings and support groups. It also has resource information on things from legal aid to summer camps. They also provide education and training, family and youth programs, and resource coordination. We also conduct policy advocacy for all families through community engagement. We secure many partnerships to ensure that we provide the best of services to this crucial community of parents in Santa Clara County.

Membership is open to all and there is a small fee. Membership consists of foster, adoptive and relative caregivers, professionals, parents, social workers, community members, and anyone who has an interest in care giving and foster care. Annual memberships start on July 1st of each year and ends on June 30th of the following year. Newly approved resource families receive a year of free membership to KAFPA. You do not have to be a member to participate in some of the events and services that occur during the year.

Some other opportunities / resources through KAFPA are:


  • Community advisory committee
  • Latino Parent committee
  • South County committee


  • Child supervision for DFCS
  • CATS: Free Event tickets
  • Clothing closet

Youth Engagement:

  • Guitars not guns
  • Back to school drive
  • Turning wheels (bike drive)
  • Operation Santa (toy drive)
  • My New Red Shoes

Family Engagement:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Day of the Child
  • Grand Family Day
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Adoption Day
  • Christmas in the Park


San Jose Resource Center:
373 W. Julian St. San Jose, CA 95110.2nd building, 1st floor. Phone - (408) 501-6365

Gilroy Satellite Office @ Gilroy Family Resource Center (GFRC):
7933 Wren Ave., Gilroy, CA 95020. Phone - (408) 683-1223
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays: 9am-4pm and Fridays: 9am-3pm.

To get more information please call/email:
Resource Center Director - Denise Marchu, (408) 501-6369
Resource Parent advocate – Susan Steele, (408) 501-6365
[email protected]

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