Children Inspire Me

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Director of Residential Services

Five Acres

"Children come to us having moved multiple times in their lives. Some are 7 or 8 years old and have already moved 12 or 13 times. These kids are funny, bright, smart, loving. We need to find the right person to come in and unlock that, and give these children the safety and security they need." - Elizabeth Gonzalez

For Elizabeth Gonzalez, Director of Residential Services at Five Acres, making sure foster children end up in a loving, safe and secure forever home is what drives her to keep advocating every day. In her role of overseeing Five Acres’ residential programs and cottages, she shares what the process is like for foster children who walk through their doors. She explains how she and her team match Five Acres’ services with the youth’s needs to ensure that their next move is their final move.

Learn More About the Impact of Mentoring

Mentors can have a profound impact on the life and future of a foster youth. A mentor is someone who cares about a youth, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Having a mentor can help foster youth learn to trust and safely grow beyond tough experiences into productive citizens. In fact, statistics show that quality mentoring relationships do have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. However, today, 1 in 3 young people in foster care will grow up without a mentor. To find out more about the impact that mentoring can have on the life of a foster youth, visit our Get Involved page.

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