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LA County Is Recruiting Latino Foster Parents

Adoptive parent Carla Baeza at the Juntos con los Ninos launch. (Courtesy of DCFS)
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More than half of Los Angeles County's 19,000 foster kids are Latino, but the number of Latino foster parents is under 2,000. This week an effort was launched to help close that gap.

(Courtesy of DCFS)

The Department of Children and Family Services kicked off the "Juntos con los Niños" (or "Together with the Children") recruitment campaign.

When kids can connect to their foster parent on a cultural level, it changes their experience in foster care, Ginger Pryor with DCFS said:

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"The research shows us that when they have the opportunity to be connected to individuals that love and care for them, especially those that are going to make sure that they have access to their culture, to their language, those are the things that are important from a brain development perspective, reducing trauma."

Pryor said there's an even greater need for Spanish-speaking foster parents.