“Share Your Heart…Share Your Home” Event to Provide Information on Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent

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More than 8,000 children in Los Angeles County, including 600 children from the greater Long Beach area are in need of a temporary safe, stable and loving foster home. In L.A. County, nearly 500 children of all ages and ethnicities are waiting for a permanent, loving adoptive family of their own.

This significant number of children in need is a silent crisis facing our community. Councilmember Al Austin is partnering with Supervisor Don Knabe and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services 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. “We can do a better job of finding good homes for these kids, and getting as many of them with loving foster families or adoptive families as possible. I am honored to work with Supervisor Knabe and the Department of Children and Family Services on this important issue.”

A special “Share Your Heart…Share Your Home” event is taking place on Saturday, October 5 for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The session is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Expo Arts Center, located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue.

A panel featuring current foster parents, resource providers, and a teenager in need of a permanent home, 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. Refreshments will be served, and on-site childcare will be provided for attendees.

To RSVP for Saturday’s event or for more information, please call (562) 570-1326 or email district8@longbeach.gov.

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.

The Heart Gallery will also be on display at the First Fridays Art Walk in Bixby Knolls, on October 4, at the Expo Art Gallery, located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue.

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.

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