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Non-Profit of the Week – Children’s Bureau

| SC Living | March 22, 2018

Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 500 foster children waiting to be connected to a family who will adopt. Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption. Children in need are turned away every day due to a lack of resource families.

Since 1904, Children’s Bureau has been a non-profit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than 30,000 children and families are helped each year throughout Southern California with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and adoption. Children’s Bureau is one of the largest investors in child abuse prevention in the country and is developing a national model to transform an entire at-risk community through its Magnolia Community Initiative.

Children’s Bureau Resource Parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team. Children’s Bureau welcomes every resource parent regardless of, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Qualifying families receive training, family assessment, approval and support. A current Children’s Bureau family advises potential resource parents “to come into it with an open mind and an open heart. Be prepared to care beyond anything you could have ever imagined.”

You may watch Children’s Bureau resource families share their experiences at: https://youtu.be/9HYsV-VO2Rk.

Informational Meetings for Foster or Adoption Opportunities
Held at COC on March 24 and April 21

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Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping a child in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturdays, March 24 & April 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to Noon at College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. To RSVP or for more information, call 661-208-4212 or email the organization at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An information packet or application may also be obtained by filling out a request form on the website: www.All4kids.org/program/foster-care/meetings.

Hero of the Week

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,” Bernadette says. “Each day is a new day to strive for the best possible outcome for every child who enters our foster care and adoption program.”

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 siblings groups.

If you have ever thought about becoming a resource parent, this poem by Forest E. 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 schedule of the agency’s monthly information meetings can be found at www.All4kids.org/program/foster-care/meetings.

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