Children in foster care–just like all children–have enormous potential to thrive given love, patience and a stable environment. Here are some reasons why becoming a foster or adoptive parent can change your life:
- You can be a great parent to a child who doesn’t have one.
- You can provide a temporary home to a child before they reunite with their birth family.
- You can experience parenthood in a unique and meaningful way.
- You can improve a child’s life during their most critical growing and learning years.
You can reduce the chances of a child becoming homeless or institutionalized.
How To Get Started
We’ve partnered with organizations across Southern California to help you navigate the process:
Children’s Action Network is dedicated to raising awareness about and finding homes for the more than 101,000 children in foster care in the U.S. who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 400,000 children in foster care.
CII helps children in Los Angeles’ most challenged communities find permanent homes. There are various ways you can get involved, including: becoming a foster parent, treatment foster parent or adoptive parent.
Crittenton Services for Children and Families
A primary goal for Crittenton Services is to partner with caring and compassionate foster parents who can help us create a loving family environment for foster youth in need of our support. Anyone, including you, can become a foster parent as long as there is a desire to open your heart and your home.
David & Margaret–Youth and Family Services
David & Margaret works with Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties to find children homes. There are many ways you can get involved, including: fostering, adoption or guardianship.
DCFS serves thousands of children in Los Angeles County to find them safe and stable Resource Parents, which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent.
Extraordinary Families provides a unique, step-by-step approach to fostering or adopting through its PRIDE program for youth and families across Los Angeles and surrounding counties. There are various ways you can get involved.
Five Acres has been promoting permanent family solutions for foster youth and their families across Los Angeles County for over 128 years. There are various ways you can get involved.
FosterMore, in partnership with Children’s Action Network, provides resources for foster/adoptive parents in California. About 5,500 children are adopted each year and about 2,000 need an adoptive family every day.
Hathaway-Sycamores’ Child and Family Services provides special-needs children in foster care in Los Angeles County with foster and adoptive families. To help guide foster parents and families, Hathaway-Sycamores recruits, trains, certifies, supervises and supports in various ways.
Founded in 1913, Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity headquartered in Los Angeles, is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities. One of its five core programs, Bienvenidos Foster Care and Adoptions, provides home-based family care (formerly known as foster care) to help children and youth heal from the effects of trauma. Included in the home-based care are treatment and adoption services for children and youth, ranging from newborn to 21 years old. The program serves Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
RaiseAChild recruits, educates, nurtures and supports LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering, adopting or becoming a weekend host parent.
Seneca Family of Agencies fulfills its mission to help children and families through the most difficult times of their lives with programs that build healthy, permanent, loving families for children; improve well-being through specialized mental health care and crisis intervention; and provide education and support.