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May National Foster Care Awareness Month
May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month
There are currently 34,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County, the highest number in the nation.
21% of foster children in LA are under the age of 2
Upon aging out of foster care without a family, 1/3 of youth will become homeless, 1/5 will become incarcerated, and 70% of trafficked youth come from the foster care system.
Every child deserves a loving family. We are adopted sons and daughters of God, and we know that the family is the basic building block of society. These kids need the love of a family to support them and nurture them to their full potential.
Families: Become a Foster Family – FosterAll.org
Is your family called to be a foster family to children in need? Foster All acts as a bridge for prospective families, connecting you to foster agencies that best fit your family. Learn more about what it takes, find real answers, and hear other foster/adoptive families about their experiences.
If your family does not feel called to be a foster family, you can support foster youth in other ways:
- Bringing meals and material needs to families who foster Mentor foster kids through Brothers, Big Sisters or KidSave Drive foster kids to church with Covenants for Kids
- Host a holiday brunch for kids in group homes at the parish
- Host drives for duffel bags or clothes for foster youth
Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a child
Individuals: Become a CASA – CASALA.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers who represent and advocate for youth in the dependency court system. Each CASA represents the best interests of the child and makes a life-changing difference.
Call Foster All at 818-649-8000 FosterAll.org Foster All refers to agencies that best fit a family seeking to foster or adopt. Plus, Foster All helps churches wrap around foster families to support them as a loving community for children.
Private or International Adoption
Call Bethany Christian Services at 1-800-238-4269 or visit Bethany.org
Visit Holy Family Services (through the Episcopal Church) at hfservices.ladiocese.org
Visit BraveLove.org to find more adoption resources and stories.