Kinship Center and AdvoKids are joining forces to host a very special training on March 5th at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

The multidisciplinary conference Permanency: A Legal and Psychological Mandate for Foster Children is aimed at educating dependency attorneys, child welfare professionals, mental health providers, CASA volunteers & caregivers.

Children of all ages are waiting in the public foster care system for a safe, loving family. Our mandate is clear…these children need stable, permanent homes. Foster care is a temporary solution for children who can’t safely remain with their birth parents; it is not an appropriate place for children to grow up,  moving from foster home to foster home.

And yet 50% of children 0-3 years old experience multiple foster care placements, and by the teen years some foster children have been in a dozen or more homes. Multiple placements decrease the chance of adoption by one-third. We must do a better job.

The March 5 training will discuss systems of care that need to be brought together to provide the roots for children that are necessary for growth, including prompt, timely decision making from all the adults who serve foster children. Permanence is not a luxury, it’s a necessity . . . unless we are willing to sacrifice another generation of foster children to ‘aging out’ of a system.  Fact: 43% will become homeless within one year, 46% will never finish high school and 27% of males will be in jail.

The training is from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The fee is $25, which covers all program materials and lunch. To register for the training, click here. For details or more information, click here or contact kcax.oc@gmail.com.

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