Eighteen-month-old Julio rarely smiled. Malnourished and abused, he lived with his mother, a single parent using crack cocaine who had little patience to care for him. Julio’s social worker at The Village arranged for him to live with Luz, a trained and certified foster parent. Six months later, Julio has gained weight, shows more interest in his surroundings and giggles at Luz’s funny faces. His mother is in an addiction recovery program and is attending parenting and anger management classes in hopes that one day she can take him home again.

A Safe, Secure Home

We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, supportive environment. When a child’s natural family is unable to provide that environment – as in Julio’s case – we step in to help.

The Village Foster Care program provides placement services for abused and neglected children and teenagers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties. Our Foster Care services focus on achieving three important objectives:

  • We ensure that children are placed in loving, stable and safe family environments. When out-of-home care is needed, our social workers match each child with a stable, nurturing environment suited to his or her unique needs. Emergency short-and longer-term placements are found for children from birth to 17 years of age, and children with special healthcare needs are placed with specially trained foster caregivers.
  • We provide exceptional foster parent training and certification. To ensure the safety of every child placed in foster care, a centerpiece of our program is providing extensive training for individuals wanting to become foster parents. Children are placed only in homes where caregivers have successfully completed the training. The certification process is rigorous and includes all aspects of the foster-care experience.
  • We maintain close connections and, where possible, facilitate reunification. After a child is placed in foster care, our social workers stay connected to that child as long as necessary to increase stability and permanence. When appropriate, they also maintain contact and continue necessary services to the child’s birth family and, whenever possible, work toward reunification.

Interested in becoming a foster family?

We welcome all good parents regardless of income, age, race, gender, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or religious affiliation. To learn more about our Foster Care and Adoption Programs, email us.

Are you already a foster youth or foster parent? If so, click below to download the free Focus on Foster Families app from UCLA Health that is designed to help support youth and caregivers as they navigate common challenges.