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County of Santa Clara to Proclaim May As Foster Care Appreciation Month

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors is proclaiming May as Foster Care Appreciation Month, to recognize the outstanding contributions of hundreds of foster parents.
A local foster parent who has cared for dozens of children since 1997 will be honored as Foster Parent of the Year, to highlight the dedication and generosity in time and service of hundreds of foster parents in the county.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, Department of Families and Children Services
Foster Families
Community Leaders and Community Based Organizations Supporting Foster Children
Gloria Carrillo will be recognized as Foster Parent of the Year
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m.

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110

Over 50,000 children rely on California’s foster care system. Although state and local efforts have helped decrease the number in favor of more permanent alternatives, family reunification is not always successful. Over 1,000 children and youth in Santa Clara County are currently under the care of the Department of Family and Children Services because of abuse, neglect , abandonment or other personal issues, and live with foster families, relatives, extended family members or group homes.
National Foster Care Month seeks to increase awareness and encourage the community to get involved and support foster children. Santa Clara County is recruiting foster parents to care for children of all ages, including sibling groups, children and youth with special needs and young adults who are transitioning to adulthood.  Foster parents and families are expected to love, nurture and advocate for children/young adults in their care while supporting and mentoring birth families including birthparents, siblings and other kin, who are respected partners of the child welfare team are in great need.
Available for interviews:  County of Santa Clara Supervisors, Social Service Agency representatives and foster parents.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Stanley Lee,  Social Services Agency (408) 755-7760.
Posted: May 10, 2013