HOW DOES FOSTER CARE WORK?

Kids enter the foster care system because they are physically or sexually abused, neglected, abandoned, their parents are incarcerated, or have died. The minor is then placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver, referred to as a "foster parent". The placement of the child is normally arranged through the government or a social service agency. 

HOW CAN I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT? 

Click the link here to learn how to become a "Foster Parent". 

FOSTER CARE QUICK FACTS

  • 28,000 children are currently in foster care in Los Angeles County.
  • More than 38% of the population of Los Angeles County live in economic hardship
  • Half of youth who have aged out of foster care end up homeless or incarcerated
  • Teen girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19.
  • 75% of students in foster care are performing below grade level.
  • By third grade 80% have had to repeat a grade.

I am a minor and I think I need help. Who should I contact? 

Call 1-800-799-7233, or visit the link here. 

I think I know someone who needs help. What should I do? 

If you think someone you know is being abused, neglected, or needs help, follow the links here and here