Gina and Dana Foster are two proud moms and law enforcement officers from San Bernardino, California. When they decided to adopt several years ago, they set out to build their family through foster care. What they ended up with was a diverse family of five foster and adoptive children. Today the couple say they wouldn’t have it any other way and are blessed to have unconditional support from friends, family and organizations like, Raise A Child and Five Acres. Hear the couple open up about their journey through foster care and what advice they have for other parents.
RaiseAChild is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting LGBT and all prospective parent interested in building families through fostering and adopting, to meet the needs of the over 425,000 children in the foster care system. In 2017, RaiseAChild launched #ReimagineFosterParents™ campaign, designed to update the public perception of foster and foster-to-adopt families.
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. Many single and LGBT people are successful foster and adoptive parents, like Dana and Gina. 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.