May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that everyone can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 450 foster children waiting to be connected to a family who will adopt. For those interested in learning more about foster care or becoming a resource parent, Children’s Bureau offers monthly information meetings throughout Los Angeles.

Individuals (single or married) who are interested in helping children find the love, stability and support a family can provide, are encouraged to attend the next monthly information meeting on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Children’s Bureau Family Center, 1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Qualifying families receive training, certification and support. For more information, call(213) 342-0168, toll free (800) 730-3933 or visit the website at An information packet or application may be requested by filling out a request form on the website, if desired. An application may also be printed directly from the website.

Children’s Bureau is a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

More than 28,000 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, adoption and more. Founded in 1904 to protect children, Children’s Bureau began providing adoption services in the 1940’s in response to the increased need of finding homes for World War II refuge children and war orphans. Today, they help 500 at-risk children in caring foster homes and finalize over 100 adoptions each year.

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