California passed Assembly Bill 403, which requires limitation on the use of county-run children’s shelters across the state. Although it is a great idea to try to place children/youth in a home-like environment, it is putting a strain on California’s foster care system. Since opening in 1982, Koinonia has never had enough resource parents to meet the placement requests from the counties we serve; therefore, this is going to be a challenge to solve.
If you have ever considered foster care or adoption through foster care, now is the time. We can all agree that every child needs a home; a child should never be in a situation where there is no home for them. The Loomis News wrote an article about Koinonia’s need for resource homes.
We always need parents willing to foster or adopt, but Assembly Bill 403 has now created a need for a new type of parent; namely, Professional Foster Parents. Koinonia currently has a program set up for residents located near our Loomis California office. These parents must be open to accepting placements with very little advance notice for perhaps a few days or even hours. In the perfect situation, if a long-term suitable home is not available, these parents might take on the challenge of keeping the placement even longer. They may possibly adopt if that’s what is needed for the child/youth. Please read the Loomis News article and if you have been thinking about helping a child/youth, why not start the journey today?