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Nov. 17: Children’s Bureau Foster, Foster-Adopt Online Orientation – SCVNews.com

Every year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month, bringing awareness to the thousands of children in our community waiting for permanent families. During this time, we also celebrate families who have grown through adoption.

Children’s Bureau is one of California’s largest private, nonprofit adoption agencies and one of the few nationally accredited by the Child Welfare League of America. In Los Angeles County alone, the foster population exceeds 33,000 children, including 200 waiting for an adoptive family.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming an adoptive or adoptive parent, join us November 17, 4-5 p.m., for an online virtual orientation.

To register, click [here] or call (661) 289-4231 or 800-730-3933 and a link to the meeting will be sent to you.

The Children’s Bureau partners with more than 200 adoptive foster families each year to help at-risk youth by providing a close and inclusive home for their adoptive siblings. Lisa and Michael began their adoption journey by providing a stable home for a set of three siblings, two girls and a boy. They worked to keep the family together and experienced a bond like no other.

“If adoption is in your future, there’s no need to look any further than our surrounding county,” Lisa said. “So many local children need a family. If you want to “make a difference” in your life, consider adopting from a foster family. You could save generations.

In the 1940s, the Children’s Bureau opened adoption services and found homes for orphaned refugee children of World War II. The agency continues to respond to needs by offering a wide range of programs in areas related to adoption such as foster care, prevention, and mental health. Children’s Bureau has multiple locations operating throughout Southern California.

“At this time, children who have experienced trauma and who have been separated from their biological families need our help,” says Leslie Oropeza, Director of the Children’s Office for Fostering and Adoption. “We are looking for families who can open their homes and their hearts to these children. Families who have extra space and the desire to keep them together. Statistics show that siblings kept together in foster care and adoption do better later in life. They heal faster from their trauma, have better attachments, and develop a healthy self-image.

Children’s Bureau welcomes all people regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for the children. Eligible families receive training and support throughout their journey. Foster care and adoption programs are available in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

For questions and/or to get started, call (661) 289-4231 or 800-730-3933.

For more information about the Children’s Bureau and other essential services provided by the agency, visit all4kids.org.

About the Children’s Bureau:

Since 1904, the Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in preventing child abuse and reducing its devastating impact. Children’s Bureau addresses the well-being of children and families through primary prevention – an innovative, collaborative, and research-driven approach that educates and helps vulnerable parents raise thriving children. The agency helps 39,400 at-risk children and parents in Los Angeles and Orange counties each year with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups , behavioral health counseling, foster homes, foster adoptions, and more. The agency’s advocacy efforts and broader community impact initiatives inspire movement in child welfare at the local, state and national levels.


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