Share Your Heart L.A. - Get Informed About Foster Care And Adoption
In the heart of Los Angeles County, the sad truth is there are thousands of children being served by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who cannot safely live with their own families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need to be with a safe, stable and loving family temporarily and sometimes permanently.
Understanding the difference between a foster parent and an adoptive parent is important. A foster parent is someone who provides a permanent safe, stable and loving home for a child or children, and helps them reunite with their birth parents or family member when the family problems have been resolved.
An adoptive parent is someone who provides a permanent safe, stable and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents or relatives.
DCFS and the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) also have an interdepartmental service coordination partnership known as Linkages, a resource that helps to address common barriers parents encounter that can limit their ability to parent and work. Los Angeles’ five Linkages protocols are part of case work practice to enhance service delivery, strengthen families through economic self-sufficiency and focus on child safety.
To learn more about foster care and adoption, please visit http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/shareyourheartla/index.html
To learn more about Linkages, visit http://lakids.dcfs.lacounty.gov/linkages/default.html