Faced with the large number of foster children in need of a home, the Children’s Bureau hosted an informational meeting at College of the Canyons about foster care and how Santa Clarita parents could help children in need.

“We are constantly looking and recruiting for resource parents,” said Melissa Salvador, a foster care and adoption social worker who spoke at the meeting. “It’s basically an open meeting, anybody’s welcome to come.”

The Children’s Bureau works with Department of Child and Family Services which handles the legality in caring for each foster child, Salvador explained, while the bureau works in certifying foster parents, who they call “resource parents.”

According to data from their website, the Children’s Bureau helps approximately 30,000 children and parents around Los Angeles County each year, but the organization is still in need of more support.

“We don’t have enough families to care for the number of children that are coming into foster care,” Salvador said. “We’re just looking for loving, caring, nurturing families of all backgrounds. Whether you’re a single parent, a two parent household, same sex couples, we certify all families.”

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