Why We Fostered And Adopted

Lisa and Jon
RaiseAChild

"I've had people say to me–really good friends in fact–'I don't know though... I don't what I'm gonna get.' But I'm like, you kind of don't know what you're going to get if you have a biological child. It was a no brainer for me. Adoption is a choice, a beautiful choice. It's not relegated as a last shot. If you want a child and a family, it's a great way to go." - Lisa and Jon

For actor, Jon Cryer and his wife, TV reporter Lisa Joyner, adoption wasn’t a last resort or a last-minute decision. It was a choice they proudly made together and a dream Joyner wanted to fulfill. Adopted from foster care as a child herself, Joyner had always dreamed of giving foster children a forever family like she had. In this sweet story from RaiseAChild, the proud parents share their advice for anyone looking to build their family. RaiseAChild 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

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. Today about ½ of foster youth in Los Angeles who age out every year, leave without a permanent connection to a caring adult. With the passing of the Continuum of Care Reform or AB403 in January 2017, more resource and full-adoption families are needed today to care for the staggering number of foster youth without a permanent family. 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.

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