Children’s Bureau offers a virtual orientation to learn how to help children in foster care. (Courtesy photo)

Children’s Bureau is offering two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption.

A live English Zoom Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent.  For those who want to learn at their own pace about becoming a foster and/or foster-adopt parent, a PowerPoint orientation is also available.

To R.S.V.P. for the live orientation or to request the PowerPoint orientation, email [email protected] or call (800) 730-3933, or visit to complete a quick inquiry form.  A link to the meeting will be emailed to you.

Children’s Bureau partners with over 200 foster-adoptive families annually to help at-risk youth by giving them a home that is nearby and inclusive to their foster siblings. Lisa and Michael began their foster-adoptive journey by providing a stable home to a sibling set of three, two girls and a boy. They worked to keep the family together and have experienced a bond like no other.

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“If adoption is in your future, there is no need to look any further than our surrounding county. So many local children need a family. If you are wanting to ‘make a difference’ with your life, consider adopting from foster care. You could be saving generations,” said Lisa.

“Right now, children who have experienced trauma and have been separated from their birth family need our help,” said Leslie Oropeza, Children’s Bureau director of Foster Care and Adoption.

“We are looking for families who can open their homes and hearts to these children. Families who have extra space and the willingness to keep them together.  Statistics show siblings kept together in foster care and adoption do better later in life. They heal quicker from their trauma, have better attachments, and develop healthy self-images,” she added.

Children’s Bureau welcomes all individuals regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for children. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey.  Foster Care and Adoption Programs are available in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura counties.

For information about Children’s Bureau and the other critical services the agency provides, visit To stay connected with Family Foster Care and Adoption services, visit