Event Highlights Ongoing Need for Foster, Adoptive Families
2015-03-25 · By Editor
In Los Angeles County, the Department of Children and Family Services receives over 10,000 calls each month about children who may be victims of child abuse and neglect. Just in the month of February, they investigated nearly 12,000 cases. After social workers investigate the calls, some children cannot safely live at home. If there are no relatives who can take them in, they need to go into a safe and loving foster homes, until their parents can resolve their problems.
In Los Angeles County, there are currently about 9,000 children in foster homes and group homes. Some children can never return home and need loving adoptive homes found for them. Currently there are nearly 500 children waiting to be adopted.
This significant number of children in need is a silent crisis facing our community. Councilmember Al Austin is once again partnering with Supervisor Don Knabe, the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and other local agencies to raise awareness about this issue, and to provide information to adults who might be interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.
“There is not enough attention being placed on this need that impacts our community,” said Councilmember Austin. “The response to our last ‘Share Your Heart, Share Your Home’ event was incredible, but there continues to be a huge and ongoing need for more foster and adoptive families. I am honored to be working once again with Supervisor Knabe and DCFS on this important issue.”
The second annual “Share Your Heart…Share Your Home” event is taking place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. There will also be information about becoming a weekend host for an older child. The session is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nordic Lounge (Building E) at Long Beach City College, located at 4901 E. Carson St.
A panel featuring current foster parents and resource providers will share their experiences and answer questions about what is involved in providing a stable foster or adoptive home.
Information will also be available on additional resources and support that are available to families that open up their homes. Lunch will be provided, and there will be a supervised play area for the children of attendees.
To RSVP for Saturday’s event or for more information, please call 888-811-1121.
To also help raise awareness, the Heart Gallery is on display in the lobby of the Long Beach City Hall, presenting a stirring and unique portrait exhibit of adoptable children and sibling groups sharing the same dream of having a permanent family. Those pictured in the gallery are actual children in need of loving homes.
Foster and adoptive parents can be single, married, divorced or living with a partner. They can live in an apartment or house, and either rent or own. There is no minimum income requirement, other than supporting oneself and providing a safe and stable home. Financial assistance, medical coverage and supportive services are available.
To learn more about adopting or fostering, people can call (888) 811-1121 or visit the website www.ShareYourHeartLA.org.