Testimonials

“I am able to bless children with a home, whether it is temporary or permanent for that moment in life they have a stable home. Filled with many simple life blessings.”

ShaRon

“I was able to help some and was not able too. I have a few, who still come and stay in touch with me, call me mom. I love that. It lets me know I did something positive in their lives.”

Marjorie

“Being a care giver has positively impacted my life by take me to another level of love and compassion for the parents as well as the children placed in my home.”

Mildred

“It has taught me to be compassionate to children while providing them with a safe and loving environment and has helped me to give a child a second chance in life.”

Barbara

“Made me realize the importance of family and life”

Valarie

“It has challenged me to look deep into my emotions of giving of my time, energy and resources, most of all my love.”

Marian

“As a foster parent, I can truly appreciate being one because I was a foster child in the 60’s. I had great parents, being in their home from 4 ½ yrs. to 26 yrs. So I can really relate to the child, having 1st hand experience being in foster care.”

Sylvia

“Caring for children in La County has given me great rewards. Seeing many of the children I cared for go on to lead great productive lives has given me great joy and a wealth of pride.”

Eleanor

“Me siento bendecida que dios me permitio quidar a tantos y tener una ifluencia positiva en la vida del ellos.”

Elizbet

“I feel need and it makes me appreciate giving and helping others more, by opening my home and caring for a child, when the parents are not able to.”

Barbara

“It has revitalized my life and given me a purpose for living. Not only that, but God made it possible for me to love, nurture, and care for children that I did not birth; but children who need someone to care for them to be in their corner.”

Doretta

“I get a chance to open my heart and share my love with sweet babies; it’s wonderful all the love I receive from them.”

Willisteen

“Luis came into my home at age 8 with two siblings ages 5 and 8 girls. Luis was placed into a facility before being placed in my home because of his acting-out. Once seeing Luis I knew he was a frightened young boy who needed love. Luis stayed angry from age 8-11. One day walking home from school he realized if he wanted a better life he needed to change. Luis went from straight Fs to being an A & B honor student. He has his sights on USC college.”

Marian

“We have a child that didn’t talk and is now one of the most talkative children in our home. He’s one of the most accomplished kids in his Special Education class.”

Huffman’s

“I feel they are all success stories when they can overcome the trauma, abuse, and neglect and become successful.”

Francine

“Danny, who is now 31 years old, was and still is a great success story. He has grown into a great father and provider for his family. He is a musician in the gospel music sector and a hard worker. He travels the world sharing his gift of music. It brings me great pride when he comes over with his son and wife and spends time with me. He always lets me know how important it was for him to be raised in a loving/structured home. Everything he was taught he has carried into his adult life.”

Eleanor

“One of my previous foster child was able to return to her father, this child was only 7 years old … and was with her father only two weeks when she was taken from him. They were both devastated, so returning to his care was a big accomplishment.”

Geneva

“One little girl I had for about 8 months and she was reunited with her mom. The mom and I stay in touch and I get visits from time to time with them. I can see how my love and understanding has instilled valuable education strategies in her. She’s more open and loves to learn. Also the mom is nice and comes to me for help when needed.”

Barbara

“I had one child to go on to graduate from college and joined the military. She didn’t think she could do it. With encouragement from me and others, she did it.”

Doretta

“It is hard work. There will be good and bad days. However, it will be a rewarding experience. Do not accept the myths about children who are in the system. There are many children looking for the love and support you can offer.”

ShaRon

“I would share that being a Resource Parent is so rewarding on many levels. To know title 22; develop a relationship with your CSW . . . to join a Foster Parent Association, and to become friends with other foster parents.”

Mildred

“It’s a great experience to be so significant in a child’s life… giving them something that they so grieve for.”

Valarie

“You have to have patience, a big heart, and don’t do it for money.”

Chanta

“First don’t listen to the horrible stories you have heard. They are not your story. Think of the wonderful story you can make changing a child’s life. Love does cover a multitude of problems. One by one you can make a change.”

Marian

“The kids need your help. I get 5-10 calls a week. We need more homes to help out.”

Jacenta

“Know your strengths and weaknesses. Find which age group you work best with so that you can more effectively help the child / children.”

Huffman’s

“Be courteous to the children, as well as their family. Work as a team . . . know the resources in your community.”

Cora