L.A. Unified Recognizes Foster Care and Kinship Awareness Month

LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2017) – In partnership with more than 400,000 foster care youth across the nation and their caregivers, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously to recognize May as Foster Care and Kinship Awareness Month.

“We believe that every child can achieve and get to the graduation finish line – including students in foster or kinship care,” said School Board Member Mónica García. “Every student deserves a high-quality education. We salute our youth for their academic achievements, caregivers and community partners for their commitment to creating conditions for success on the path toward 100 percent graduation in Los Angeles.”

Board Member Mónica Ratliff added, “I am so proud to co-sponsor Foster and Kinship Awareness Month with my fellow board members. During Foster and Kinship Awareness Month, the District continues our commitment to foster care students and their families. It is essential that the District and community determine ways to mitigate the harm that occurs when foster youth have to move multiple times leaving familiar places and people.” 

“When I was younger I loved to help people – including my parents who immigrated to the United States from another country,” said Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Social Worker Camelia Mata. “I help change lives, and serve as a role model for youth every day. Foster care youth inspire us, too.”

“At any given time there are over 7,000 L.A. Unified students in foster care, many are coping with incredible challenges,” said Erika F. Torres, executive director of the district’s Student Health and Human Services. “I am proud of the programs and supports we have developed in L.A. Unified to ensure that we prioritize school stability, student well-being and academic success of our students in foster care.”

The resolution calls on the superintendent to advocate for a set definition, and accurate count of foster care youth and those in kinship care.

For more information and resources go to: Foster Youth Achievement and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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