20,000 KIDS PROJECT LA: Connecting LA’s foster children with loving homes in our diverse communities

submission by RaiseAChild.US
20,000 KIDS PROJECT LA: Connecting LA’s foster children with loving homes in our diverse communities

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

Raise A Child Inc. / RaiseAChild.US

Organization website:

www.RaiseAChild.US

Organization Twitter handle:

www.twitter.com/RaiseAChild

Organization Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/RaiseAChild

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please describe yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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RAC will expand its outreach and programs to a broader constituency including the heterosexual and Spanish language speaking communities.

IN ONE SENTENCE, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

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RaiseAChild.US (RAC) encourages the LGBT community to build foster/adopt families to answer the needs of the 20,000 kids in foster care.

Does your project impact Los Angeles County? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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We at @RaiseAChild help build safe & loving homes for the 20,000 children in LA County's foster care system #LetLoveDefineFamily

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA/PROJECT IN MORE DETAIL?

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Today, 20,000 children languish in LA’s foster care system. RAC will apply its successful model of recruiting prospective parents and helping match them with children awaiting loving homes by broadening its outreach to a more inclusive constituency. In addition to its LGBT audience, RAC will broaden its focus to include LA’s Latino and welcoming faith-based communities. RAC will further develop/expand its existing outreach model to a year-round initiative which will include an emphasis on a strong social media campaign supported by radio, television, outdoor advertising, and events to recruit and educate prospective parents. RAC also provides direct services to assist LA County DCFS to facilitate and expedite parent-child matches.

What will you do to implement this idea/project?

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Founded in 2011, RAC enjoyed immediate recruitment success as we launched a creative multi-media campaign to encourage the LGBT community of LA to build families through fostering and adoption. By 2012, our extended national reach and improved campaign strategies resulted in recruiting more than 600 prospective foster/adoptive parents. In 2013, RAC and Huffington Post Gay Voices launched a weekly series entitled “Let Love Define Family™.” Several of our stories have gone viral including http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/wendy-gay-family_n_5042297.html.

Today, more than 2,200 individuals have signed up at the www.RaiseAChild.US website to take the “Next Step to Parenthood.” Through our 3 year history of events and ad campaigns, RAC has engaged with tens of thousands more.

RAC,is unique as we coordinate with our fost/adopt agency partners to provide our prospective parents with formalized assistance through our Parent Advocate Program, which combines personalized attention with the technological support of a cloud-based case management system. Locally, our outcomes are extremely impressive: partnering with Los Angeles County agencies, our Parent Advocate has been able to move prospective parents through the training and certification process at a success rate of 26%, significantly greater than the national average of only 5%.
RAC is now well positioned to open its programs/services to a broader, more inclusive constituency and plans to begin this journey by branching out to the Spanish speaking (which represents approximately 48% of the LA population) and heterosexual communities of LA County. Currently, more than 11% of our database is comprised of single heterosexuals. Funding from the My LA 2050 grant will allow us to add: 1) a bilingual FTE Parent Advocate to make inroads into the Hispanic community and expand our ability to place more children in loving homes throughout LA; 2) increase by 25% our single heterosexual cohort by modifying and targeting our marketing efforts.
As part of this initiative, all of RAC’s online and printed outreach materials will be translated to Spanish and its key recruitment message, “Let Love Define Family™” will be developed for special events. The Parent Advocate will follow up, providing personalized one-to-one guidance to each prospective parent. We also plan to begin a dialogue with several inclusive and welcoming faith-based organizations to further promote our enhanced mission.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO CONNECT TODAY? IN 2050?

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Every parent sees endless possibilities and great hope in the eyes of a child. As Angelenos, when we look at today’s children. But for our children to thrive and Los Angeles to stay a city in which people stay connected, we must support their development, their parents, their families and the public policies that work for all. Studies show that the earliest of experiences in supportive environments are essential to how children succeed in their lifetimes. In order for communities to come together cohesively to create a prosperous Los Angeles by 2050, we must invest in children now.
RAC is proud of our own success stories. Long Beach, California residents Bianca and her wife, Tonie, initially found the road to building a family through foster/adoption to be lonely and complicated. It was the couple’s social worker at LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who suggested RaiseAChild.US for support and direction.
“We attended a RaiseAChild.US event in West Hollywood, last December,” said Bianca. “Soon after, 18month-old Jacob was placed in our home. Throughout the process, we continued to access RaiseAChild.US support for referrals and advice on adoption finalization.”
“Jacob has not only changed our lives but the lives of our family and friends,” says Tonie. “His grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends have all embraced Jacob as part of the family. Jacob has adopted all of us.”

This project meets two critically important metrics in the Connect application. First, RAC’s Parent Advocate Program directly addresses ‘Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support’ with its personalized service to all prospective parents navigating the foster/adoption process. Next, our close work with the LA County Department of Children and Family Services has been a key factor in the agency’s improved communication with waiting parents and increasing its child placement rate. This addresses the second (dream) metric of ‘Government responsiveness to residents’ needs.’

Our goal is to improve the foster care system in LA County by 2050 and hold it high as a shining example of how diverse communities can come together to the benefit of children in the foster care system. Our vision is to create a community of good fost/adopt families in LA County that will multiple and proudly support one another well in to the future. In addition, RAC will be primed to export our business model to foster agencies for replication in other US cities.

WHOM WILL YOUR PROJECT BENEFIT? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

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This project will reduce the number of children who continue to languish in LA’s foster care system by many as 2,000 within a two-year time frame. By connecting these children to loving adoptive homes, they are more likely to receive the support and medical and emotional attention that they need to thrive.
Fostering and adoption are slow processes, but our goal is to recruit and begin to process 1,000 new prospective homes during the grant period; this would represent an increase of 192% beyond RAC’s current annual matching rate.
Already lauded for its capacity to move prospective parents through the adoption system at a rate that is five times the national average, RAC’s Parent Advocate Program will dramatically expand its reach through the addition of a full-time bilingual social worker. Backed by newly-developed Spanish language materials, the new advocate will help meet the culturally specific needs of Latinos who seek to foster or adopt as well as the need to find culturally sensitive placements for Latino youth in foster care. This addition to our staff will ensure our continued responsiveness.
Expanding our unique programs and services will also help to reduce the ‘drop out’ rate of prospective foster/adopt parents who so often give up since the process has been so cumbersome, significantly ease caseloads of DCFS social workers and of particular importance, RAC’s innovative methods of working with the system, will continue to cut and curb government spending. For every child adopted in LA County, there is an estimate national savings to the taxpayer of over $15,000.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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To accomplish this expansion to a more inclusive audience, RAC plans to work in tandem with its seven vetted foster/adopt partners in LA, with whom we have formal sponsorship agreements: LA County Department of Children & Family Services; Penny Lane Centers; Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency; The Village Family Services; Five Acres; Vista Del Mar; and Westside Children's Center. Each of these organizations will continue to work closely with RAC to help match available children with prospective parents and provide a seamless transition as the new initiative gets off the ground. RAC will seek out key leaders in the Hispanic community, an audience that has been researched for its feasibility and pilot tested with Penny Lane Centers, one of our partner agencies. Together, we placed several targeted spots on KLVE and KTNQ, popular Southern California Spanish language radio stations and the immediate response was that nearly 70 prospective foster/adopt parents signed up at our website or called the RAC office. We will also identify and reach out to welcoming clergy who might be willing to test pilot a small scale collaboration within their respective congregations. While RAC will benefit in the identification of children and parents to be matched as part of its core services by partnering with these entities, the value to them in finding homes for children, many of whom come from the populations they serve, will provide them a substantive role in addressing a critical community need in keeping with their respective missions.

Factors critical to the success of this effort are 1) recruiting appropriate staff who understands the cultural sensitivities to carry out the myriad of details/programs/services; 2) identifying clergy who are committed to helping RAC find loving homes for children in foster care and who endorse our message to its parishioners; and 3) funding necessary to conduct a year-long outreach campaign, thereby laying the foundation for sustaining these recruitment efforts for years to come.

How will your project impact the LA2050 "CONNECT" metrics?

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located within a half-mile of transit) (Dream Metric)

Total number of social media friends (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open street gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Other:

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

This project meets two critically important metrics in the Connect application. First, RAC’s Parent Advocate Program directly addresses ‘Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support’ with its personalized service to all prospective parents navigating the foster/adoption process. Next, our close work with the LA County Department of Children and Family Services has been a key factor in the agency’s improved communication with waiting parents and increasing its child placement rate. This addresses the second (dream) metric of ‘Government responsiveness to residents’ needs.’

PLEASE SELECT WHICH OTHER LA2050 GOALS ARE RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CREATE

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

LA is the best place to PLAY

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE YOUR PROJECT.

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RaiseAChild.US (RAC) has an existing model which will drive and measure the success of the 20,000 LA Kids Project. Our Parent Advocate Program design is distinctive as it combines the personalized attention of a mentor with the technological support of a cloud-based case management system. The result is that RAC has a program that has been tested and proven, unlike any in the country, which provides measured and ongoing support and guidance to all of its prospective parents as they navigate the foster/adoption process. Through this custom designed, proprietary system, the Parent Advocate is able to easily and closely monitor the progress of each prospective parent.

At any given time, RAC can identify and track:
• The number of prospects who come to RAC through its campaigns, events, websites, word of mouth, etc.
• The number of prospective parents who have begun the necessary orientation, training and certification steps -- or where they are in the process; and
• The number of recruits to contact personally and provide support and guidance because they have not followed through on the specific stages of the foster/adoption process.

The RaiseAChild.US Parent Advocate Program is able to track and facilitate the progress of all of our identified prospective parents. In the program's first 16 months, RAC helped our Los Angeles County agency partners retain and move prospective parents through the training and certification program at a success rate of 26%, a retention rate five times higher than the national average of 5%. We anticipate this rate will climb to 30% within the next six months as we continue to assess and refine our program model.

Ultimately, the success of LA2050 / 20,000 Kids Project LA will measured by the numbers of new fost/adopt prospective parents that are recruited, trained and certified, placed with children from LA County's foster system, and eventually adopted.. Our goals are to:

• Recruit 1,000 prospective parents in the targeted cohorts
• Screen, orient and train 35% of the total number of prospective parents recruited
• Counsel and support 350+ prospective parents through the foster/adoption process (includes 15 hours of supportive activities per parent)
• Assist in finalizing the adoption of 600+ children over an 24 month period.

WHAT TWO LESSONS HAVE INFORMED YOUR SOLUTION OR PROJECT?

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Youth in foster care are in the system through no fault of their own -- and each of them deserves to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive. According to recent statistics, nearly 110,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted, 20,000 in LA County alone. There are an additional 300,000 children in need of immediate foster placement. More than 1,000 enter foster care each day and remain there for an average of two years. The majority of foster agencies, including LA County DCFS, are unable to make the headway necessary to significantly decrease these numbers. Due to imbedded bureaucracy, budget and staffing constraints and outdated protocols, these agencies cannot provide the depth of services that the Parent Advocate Program delivers.

RAC’s founder and CEO Rich Valenza’s love for children, social justice and personal experience in building a family through fostering and adoption, served as the catalyst to establish RaiseAChild. He understands first-hand the struggles and challenges one faces when navigating family building through the foster care system. Given our retention rate success of moving prospective foster/adopt parents from recruitment to licensing and certification continues to soar overwhelmingly above the national average, RAC is well poised to make a substantial impact by continuing to expand its reach, particularly to targeted communities often ignored by traditional adoption services, to improve the outcomes for children and prospective parents facing the adoption system.

Explain how implementing your project in the next twelve months is an achievable goal.

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Since 2011, RaiseAChild.US has achieved success serving children in the foster care system throughout Los Angeles County through three strategic initiatives:

Outreach Campaigns -- RaiseAChild.US works with its foster/adoption agency partners to create and manage multi-media campaigns that promote family building to a broad spectrum of prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Educational Programs -- RaiseAChild.US produces thorough, effective foster/adoption informational programs for its foster/adoption agency partners to educate and motivate prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Parent Advocate Program -- In February 2013, through the generous support of The Annenberg Foundation, CICA, Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, and ACMS Inc., RaiseAChild.US established the Parent Advocate Program, which provides personalized support to each recruit as they undergo the detailed process of initial interest, qualification, orientation, training, and ultimately matching them with a child. This service is provided free of charge.

The LA2050 grant will enable RAC to launch the 20,000 LA Kids Project as an expansion of its existing year-round outreach, education and support programs for the LBGT community.

Please list at least two major barriers/challenges you anticipate. What is your strategy for ensuring a successful implementation?

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In all likelihood, we anticipate that working with small grassroots partners/faith-based organizations will take more time/hand-holding than in the past although necessary given their value add access to our targeted communities. It may also be a challenge to identify and foster relationships with the faith-based community as their receptiveness to the LGBT community – our core constituency – has not always been the case.

Also, replicating efforts, although targeting different communities, is always dependent on finding the staff that matches the culture of the start up. RAC’s current Parent Advocate has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education and graduate degree in Education for Special Populations and brings more than 20 years’ experience to this role. In addition, he has first-hand experience with the foster/adoption process, as over the past 15 years, he has adopted seven children through foster care. Finding his equal will be a challenge that RAC is very conscious of and prepared to meet going forward.

WHAT RESOURCES DOES YOUR PROJECT NEED? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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What a great organization! Love the Huffington Post Articles! Keep up the good work!

by yph
over 1 year ago

This needs to happen!!! All of these children need loving homes!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Great Cause! I LOVE what this organization is doing!!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

Found out about this great cause through Huffington Post Gay Voices. This is a must read article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/ruben-foster-child-lgbt_n_4338723.html

Great stories

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Children are our future. They need to be our main focus!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Great cause!

by lalmaleh
over 1 year ago

This organization truly has a specific and clear goal. Let's help them reach it.

by Naquino
over 1 year ago

What a wonderful cause....it's very inspiring to see the passion and dedication that has been put into this project.

by jrenee526
over 1 year ago

Wow what a great cause! I never realized there were so many kids in foster care in LA!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

This is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!!

Anika Muhammad

by akina34
over 1 year ago

Let's move RaiseAChild.US to the top! Foster children are that important!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

I just read a great story from the RaiseAChild.US / Huffington Post Gay Voices "Let Love Define Family™" series http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/29/jen-gay-family_n_5733020.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices. Thank you @RaiseAChild!

by RaiseAChild.US
over 1 year ago

It is good that this proposal has so many partners. It is really a collaborative effort.

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

RaiseAChild is the SOLUTION to what doesn't have to be a crisis. VOTE for RaiseAChild!

by CMG27LA
over 1 year ago

As an elementary school teacher, I get to meet hundreds of new children on a yearly basis -- and one thing is always certain: loving homes make all the difference in a child's trajectory through life. From simply making sure they get to school on time, to taking in an interest in their hobbies and education -- a strong home makes for a great student, and a well developed person. I've had the privilege of working with very diverse families, some who decided to adopt foster children -- and I can't fully speculate on what a difference these wonderful people have made in their adopted child's life. This a great program worthy of support.

by AntDG
over 1 year ago

Every child deserves a loving home. Happy to see people are working hard to make that happen.

by tatiana.K.M
over 1 year ago

THE CHILDREN WILL PREVAIL!! BUT WE MUST ACT NOW!

by tyson.kelly
over 1 year ago

Let's move forward. Not back. Unless it's back to the future, because kids are our future. So let's go back to the kids, right after voting for this deserving cause.

by jimmysausage
over 1 year ago

This is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!!

Anika Muhammad

by akina34
over 1 year ago

I have a good feeling about this project proposal!

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

Just started reading all of your Huffington Post articles and I'm so moved! You all do great work!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Here's today's RaiseAChild.US "Let Love Define Family™" series installment from Huffington Post Gay Voices http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/ucla-ties_n_5768646.html

by Rich90068
over 1 year ago

Getting a momentum going now!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

I Love this organization! Great cause….

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

RaiseAChild.US is a proven success as we are helping prospective foster and adoptive parents move through the licensing and certification process at a rate 5 times greater than the national average! A vote for the RaiseAChild.US "20,000 Kids Project LA" will build more families and improve many lives in Los Angeles!

We greatly appreciate your support!

by RaiseAChild.US
over 1 year ago

A great proposal for a great cause! Thanks RaiseAChild.US! Good luck!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Looks like a great cause!

by bobbym85
over 1 year ago

Great cause, good luck!

by tdog8701
over 1 year ago

This proposal is moving up with more and more votes!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

This project must be funded to ensure positive outcomes for all children creating an equality of opportunities.

by mwhnoel
over 1 year ago

This is a great cause! So happy to be supporting!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

RaiseAChild.US's comprehensive solution to the foster care crisis in Los Angeles is just what our city needs to help these children. The planned expansion to working specifically with Spanish-speaking prospective parents is the next logical step and will increase exponentially the number of safe, loving, and permanent homes available for foster children!

by corlight
over 1 year ago

totally!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Agreed

by yph
over 1 year ago

Keeping it up!!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Yes!!! there are a lot of great causes but none as important as helping our children

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Absolutely!!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

yes they do!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

You are so correct. Like Whitney once said, "The Children are the future"….

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

Yes absolutely!!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

That's one thing this organization has…..TONS OF PASSION!

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

Much agreed!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

You are darn right! What could be more important than our city's children?

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Great people support great causes!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

I just started on them too. So many inspirational stories!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Me too!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Wow. perfectly stated! I support your work as a teacher and this great cause!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Moved up to the number 10 spot!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Well said! We are with you!

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

!!! Yes!!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Definitely is !!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Me TOO!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Keep it up!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

They do amazing work!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

The only way to get work done is to work together!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Let's make this happen!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

I enjoyed reading that story. Happy to see there is good work going on here in Los Angeles.

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

Very moving article. Good luck Jen.

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Agreed!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Yes. All the best.

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

I fully support RaiseAChild.US.

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Way to go!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Yes! They know what is needed and how to make it happen! That is so important

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Back to the business reference followed by a Whitney Houston one, this is great!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

I think I just got a little motion sickness with all of this back and forth stuff.

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

True

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

well said!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

well said!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Me THREE! lol

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

ABSOLUTELY!

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

Love your passion!!! and totally agree!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Yes, tons of passion!!!!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Absolutely! Couldn't have said it better myself!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

definitely is! And all those who support a great cause are great!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

The RaiseAChild.US team is really a great group of very dedicated and passionate people.

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

Com'on folks, let's spread the word and get out the vote for RaiseAChild.US!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

We can make this happen!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

so true!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

I feel the same way. The passion is clear in this!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

totally!!

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Happy to see so many caring people out there who support!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

My family agrees. LA's kids are all important! Let's do good for them.

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

Tatiana - I went to a RaiseAChild.US event last year. It was so memorable. The dedication the staff has to families interested in adoption/fostering is super.

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

It is amazing to think that LA County has over 20,000 children in its foster care system!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

Anthony, you're an inspiration!
As is RaiseAChild.US

I'm always proud to know so many people doing such great work for our community

by Bita
over 1 year ago

WOW - You just said what I'm sure many of us are thinking!

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

yes he totally did!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Thanks for stating that AntDG!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

Those who support kids support the future!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Those who support kids support the future!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Don't let the numbers define you, it's all about helping the children!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Me 3!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Very tempted to say me 4...too bad I'm only one person

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Wonderful story!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

Those who support kids support the future!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

let's keep it going!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

me fiv... as well!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

The more funding this organization can get the more potential homes for Los Angeles foster youth! This is what LA needs to be focusing on. The kids in the city.

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

Collaboration is so important in this challenge.

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

together we can do it!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

yes. wonderful work worthwhile cause!

by yph
over 1 year ago

Let's keep it moving!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Now all i can think of is "moving' on up…" :)

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Now that's stuck in my head!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

here here!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Agreed! Think of how many lives RaiseAChild.US can change!!!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

Those who support kids support the future!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

RaiseAChild is not just helping the foster kids of the city they are also helping create families and forever homes.

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

agreed

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

You are right there! What could be more important to Los Angeles than the well-being of its children in good families of all kinds.

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

that needs to be our top priority!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Nothing is more important

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

amen!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

Absolutely!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

You can do it Raise A Child. Keep up the great work!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

I learned so much from that story!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

It's all about the kids!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Yes, best of luck on this worthy cause!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Wow I had no idea these articles existed! great read!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Us too!

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

We second!

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

Beautiful!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

5 x better? Very impressive. Good work, RaiseAChild.US.

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

Amazing stat!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

I can't do anything 2x's better. Wow 5xs is impressive!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Wow! That article made me cry.

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

me too! :'(

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Me as well

by DoGood2014
over 1 year ago

Very good article!

by RogerRabbit2
over 1 year ago

Absolutely! Thanks for all the hard work!

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

Well said

by lisa.blackwood.902
over 1 year ago

That's unbelievable!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

and very inspiring!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

so inspiring!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

This is soo true. These's children are our future!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

These Kids need an organization like this! Share with your friends.

by yph
over 1 year ago

Couldn't agree more!

by Bita
over 1 year ago

Same here!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

Voted!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

keep up the amazing work!

by KidsHelpingKids
over 1 year ago

I think this is the best cause out there by far!!!!

by WardRhobe
over 1 year ago

I VOTED! This is definitely the project that needs to move forward.

by Jasonraiseachild
over 1 year ago

Let's go win this thing for kids!

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

There are so many good stories in their Huffington Post Gay Voices / RaiseAChild.US series.

by HeyThere2015
over 1 year ago

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$100,000
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Submission Began
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Submission Ended
Thursday, July 31, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Voting Began
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Voting Ended
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Special Olympics World Games 2015
Special Olympics World Games 2015

Winner Announced
Tuesday, September 30, 2014