Foreclosures are pubic record and you could contact the County Recorder to see if you home has a Notice of Default filed against it. You should also be very clear, when speaking with your landlord, about your situation and desire to protect your family. Let them know you will work with them, but you really need them to be honest with you.
That being said, I checked ForeclosureRadar (a paid service that provides information about properties in foreclosure). They are usually 95% - 99% accurate. Your address is NOT one of the 588 homes in Adelanto that are currently in some stage of foreclosure. It is possible that the owner is trying to sell the home or, possibly, has fallen behind on the payments, however, based on my search of the MLS the property is not listed for sale. Lastly, the owner could be working with the lender on a loan modification (which usually delays the filing of a Notice of Default). The only way you would find this out is if the owner felt comfortable sharing that information with you.
Lastly, please know, California has some strong laws that protect tenants as long as they are not in default on their lease or renntal agreement. To protect yourself, continue to pay your rents and make sure you have current receipts for payment (cancelled checks are sufficient). In today's economic climate, renters do not have it easy, I wish you much luck and peace of mind. Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, CDPE, SFR, QSC
Your Real Estate Consultant for Life
RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty