In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children’s Bureau introduced an online form of foster care or adoption orientation for those interested. As the pandemic is ongoing, so is the need for safe housing for at-risk youth and remote orientation for available families.
Since 1904, the non-profit has worked to provide resources for partially at-risk children and their families by way of treatment, prevention and advocacy.
The bureau reports having to turn away up to 10 sets of siblings weekly due to lack of available families for foster care and the need to keep siblings together. Additionally, there are nearly 21,000 children in the Los Angeles area alone in foster care, 200 of which are waiting for an adoptive family.
The urgency of placing children has only been accelerated by the global pandemic as the need to help at-risk youth stay in their communities and maintain health safety with foster and foster-adoptive parents is critical.
The new online service was introduced with the intent of reaching out to available individuals or couples to become a resource for children in a way that complies to health regulations and safety. Qualified applicants receive training and access to resources through the Children’s Bureau.
The Children’s Bureau welcomes any person interested in the foster or foster-adoptive program regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
“Being a foster parent lets you help someone in their time of need. You’re the support system for a child and for their parents,” says Brittany, who with her husband Jeremy, foster-adopted two sibling children through the Children’s Bureau.
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