Melissa Salvador, right, of the Children's Bureau teaches families about the foster care system on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at College of the Canyons. Samie Gebers/SIGNAL

Community invited to foster-care information fair

May is National Foster Care Month and the Children’s Bureau is asking the Santa Clarita Valley community to focus their attention on the year-round needs of the children and youth currently in foster care.

There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California and nearly a third of of those are here in Los Angeles County, a news release from Children’s Bureau said, as it mentioned the agency is in need of resource families who would be willing to adopt or provide children with temporary care.

Those who may be interested in learning about the Children’s Bureau’s comprehensive foster care or adoption programs are invited to a meeting this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175 in Valencia.

“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,” according to the news release. “Children’s Bureau welcomes every resource parent regardless of, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” and qualifying families receive training, family assessment, approval and support.

One family who’s familiar with the bureau’s process advised potential resource parents to attend the meeting with an open mind and an open heart because parents will care more than they ever could imagine.

Those who would like to learn more about resource families and their experiences can watch a clip on Youtube at bit.ly/2G2DVhA.

To RSVP for the informational meeting or to learn more, call 661-208-4212 or email [email protected] An information packet or application may also be obtained by filling out a request form on the website at www.all4kids.org/program/foster-care/.

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