Ross Smith and Aaron Knight are two proud foster-to-adopt dads of twin boys. Having both been adopted from foster care themselves, the two say they had always dreamed of paying it forward and adopting children from foster care. In this tear-jerking, heart-warming video from RaiseAChild, hear them share their story as part of a national campaign designed to update the public perception of foster and foster-to-adopt families. They tell the camera that fostering is so much more rewarding, impactful and life-changing than it’s recognized today. RaiseAChild launched the #ReimagineFosterParents™ campaign in 2017, featuring interviews with 12 sets of foster and foster-to-adopt parents from across Southern California, including Ross and Aaron. A national organization, Raise A Child is dedicated to recruiting and supporting LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adopting, to meet the needs of the over 425,000 children in the foster care system.
Learn More About What Fostering and Adopting Is Like
A foster parent or family, also known as a “resource parent” is a family who opens his/her home to children, teens and transitional age youth who are in need of a safe, loving home. With the passing of the Continuum of Care Reform or AB403 in January 2017, more resource families are needed today to care for the staggering number of foster youth without a permanent family. Today about ½ of foster youth in Los Angeles who age out every year, leave without a permanent connection to a caring adult. You do not need to be married, straight, wealthy, own your own home, be working full-time have a college degree or be a stay-at-home parent to foster and/or adopt. To learn more about fostering or adopting, visit our Get Involved page.
Why Not You?
It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can get involved at ToFosterChange.org.