Foster Care Month Hero Initiative Press Release

July 21, 2010

“The need for families willing to provide safe, nurturing homes has never been more acute.”    – VERNON BROWN, CEO of Aspiranet

Aspiranet launches new Hero Initiative as call to action for teen, sibling foster homes

In California, more than 75,000 children are in foster care. The plea for foster families has never been greater to help so many children in need.

(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.) – Celebrating National Foster Care Month, Aspiranet’s new Hero Initiative is a call to action designed to encourage potential foster parents and families throughout the State of California to learn more, get involved, change a life and support the hero within a child.

In California, more than 75,000 children are in foster care. For many foster children and teens, placement in the right home the first time predicts their success in foster care. At Aspiranet, one of the largest nonprofit social services agencies in California, taking the time to find a good match between a child and a family and securing a loving home is a top priority.

“The need for families willing and able to provide safe, nurturing homes for children and teens has never been more acute,” said Vernon Brown, CEO of Aspiranet. “Foster care is a heroic commitment and the foster parents and families in Aspiranet’s network are providing victories for children every day.”

Every child has the potential to do great things with his or her life, but for some children whose families are unable to care for them Aspiranet offers hope for a better tomorrow, helping a child become a hero, not another statistic.

“Over the past year, Aspiranet’s statewide network of 500 foster families fostered more than 700 youths,” Brown said. “Our foster families support Aspiranet’s birth family reunification philosophy and breathe life and self-worth into these youths who can belong to something great – an extended family.”

To inquire about becoming a foster family, visit http://www.aspiranetheroes.org.

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About Aspiranet
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 44 satellite centers within California.

Founded more than 30 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and children since its founding.

Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through six areas of expertise – Family Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Education, Afterschool programs, and Community Partnerships. Information: http://www.aspiranet.org.

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