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National Foster Care Month 2020

May is National Foster Care Month

Originally Published: 5/22/2020

LACC is home to many programs that support the needs of both Resource Parents and foster youth.

There are over 437,000 children and youth in foster care. Less than 50% of foster youth graduate from high school and only 2-5% attend college.

Programs for Foster Youth at LACC:

Guardian Scholars

The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current or former foster youth who are pursuing a path within higher education. GSP’s mission is to provide academic and personal guidance to help empower students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and/or transfer to a university.

NextUp

The NextUp Program, also known as CAFYES, developed comprehensive and coordinated sets of services and programs that involve internal and external community partnerships, identifying and addressing barriers (including health and well-being) to the academic success of current and former foster youth.

Learn More About Programs for Foster Youth at LACC

Programs at LACC for Resource Parents:

Foster & Kinship Care

We offer continuous support for our Resource Parents (Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive) through several workshops and classes in areas such as: parenting skills, permanency planning, and working with the system.


Foster Youth Programs in Our Student's Own Words:

Deborah Franza

Deborah FranzaDeborah Franza is joining an elite group of students who have been able to say no to the likes of UCLA and UC Berkeley in favor of a more perfect match: in her case, UC Irvine.

However, this was no easy feat! Deborah writes:

“Many of you don't know this but I was an undocumented immigrant in this country for more than a decade. My mother raised six children with the help of churches all over the country (from New York to California), they helped feed us, clothe us, and put a roof over our heads when we had none. I experienced foster care twice, once when I was about five years old in Utah, and the second time when I was thirteen years old in California. My first understanding of Los Angeles was through the environment of Skid Row when I was in high school. I learned how to read late, and I had no grasp of mathematics until I turned about twenty years old in a community college.”

However, Deborah did not let her story end there. She has been one of the most dedicated students in our programs (Guardian Scholars and NextUp), zipping everyday from a study group to a tutoring session with barely any time to stop for a meal.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, patiently believed in me, stood by my side, or was brave enough to learn with me, she writes. "You have helped me take major strides towards the life of my dreams!”

Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez“I do feel different,” Vanessa Lopez said. "I feel like a lot of people don't think we will succeed in life or we will always continue the same cycles.”

However, like many of our students, she defied the statistics and got accepted into CSULA, her number-one choice!

Congratulations, Vanessa!

Jasmine Brown

Jasmine Brown"I'm grateful for foster care because it has given me great opportunities. Foster care is important because it is a safe zone for children who seek help. Being in foster care saved my life and opened up a greater future for me."

David Murphy

David Murphy"Foster Care is important because it creates meaningful bonds. It brings people from different backgrounds together to teach them different life lessons and develop long-lasting relationships and friendships."

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