Bernadette Boylan, Supervising Social Worker at Children’s Bureau and resident of Santa Clarita, works each day to promote the best interests of children in foster care who have joined Resource Families throughout the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.
“I feel most fortunate to be part of a large team of professionals who work diligently to help Resource Parents to protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs and address delays, support children’s relationships with their birth families, and connect to safe and nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime,” said Boylan. “Each day is a new day to strive for the best possible outcome for every child who enters our foster care and adoption program,” she added.
However, Bernadette reminds interested adults that “there are many, many children that Children’s Bureau can’t help because there are not enough families to call upon. Also, it is very difficult and challenging to find families for older children and sibling groups.
If you have ever thought about becoming a resource parent, this poem by Forest Witcraft may encourage you to make that call: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
If you have the willingness, ability and resources, consider applying to become a Resource Parent with Children’s Bureau and provide a child the opportunity to experience stability, safety and well-being. A new online orientation is now available. Email your request to RFrecruitment@all4kids.org or call 800-730-3933. The website www.all4kids.org/programs/family-foster-care-and-adoption/ also has a form where you may sign up to receive the orientation or to request more information.