In this heartwarming clip from Raise A Child, two foster-to-adopt parents, Cleo King and Camille Thornton, share their personal story of how they built their family through the foster care system. Raise A Child, an LA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting, training and building LGBT foster parents and families, has launched a multimedia campaign called “Reimagine Foster Parents”, designed to update the public perception of foster parents. The campaign features images and interviews with 12 sets of foster and foster-to-adopt parents, including celebrities and civic leaders from across Southern California.
Learn More About the Fostering and Adoption Challenges Facing Families
A foster parent or family, also known as a “Resource parent” is a family who opens their homes to children or teens who have been removed from their birth parents and provides temporary care. 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. In fact, about ½ of foster youth who age out every year leave without a permanent connection to a caring adult. Qualities of successful foster and adoptive parents are similar to all parents. Helpful qualities include being willing to seek out and use support services, learn new parenting techniques, and advocate for your child. Flexibility and humor go a long way as well! Critical to being a successful foster and adoptive parent is understanding the challenges these children have faced and not taking their behavior personally. You do not need to be married; in fact many single people are successful foster and adoptive parents. You also don’t need to own your own home, be wealthy, have children already, have a college degree, or be a stay-at-home parent to adopt. However, you do need to demonstrate that you can support yourself without any additional income, such as adoption assistance. To learn more about the steps to becoming a foster parent, visit our Learn | Family 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.