We Are A Foster Family

Dana and Jessie
Raise A Child

"Ya know, we don't even feel like foster parents because since we picked him up at birth, it just seems like he's been ours ever since. Fostering is just a term that we use in all the paperwork... it's just parenting. If you're considering foster parenting, just go for it. You don't know what you don't know until you're in it. And you might as well just do it. Jump in the water and do it. We're really lucky. I wish more people would consider being foster parents and to create their families that way. There are so many kids that deserve your love and time and patience." - Dana and Jessie

In this story from RaiseAChild, hear from Los Angeles foster parents, Dana and Jessie, as they share their foster to adoption journey. Raise A Child, an LA-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to recruiting, training and building LGBT foster parents and families.

Learn More About What Fostering and Adopting

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 Assembly Bill B403 in January 2017, more resource families are needed today to care for the staggering number of foster youth without a permanent family. 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.

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