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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services opened its
Foster Family Agency in 1993 in response to an
increased need for quality foster homes.

The ages of the clients, all referred by the County Department
of Children and Family Services, ranges from birth through
21 years.  Optimist is licensed by the State of California
Department of Social Services to recruit, train, and
certify foster and adoptive parents. Our social workers
provide ongoing support to our foster/adoptive families
and clients. This is done through regular visits and an
on-call system that makes services available twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week.  In addition, social work
staff compile comprehensive treatment plans, monthly
reports and referrals for outside services, if necessary.
We have served well over 5,000 children in loving and
caring foster homes since 1993.

All Optimist foster parents receive formalized training as well as certification in First Aid and
CPR. We also provide financial assistance to aid foster parents in caring for their foster
children.

Prospective foster parents can apply using the application on this website. For more
information on becoming a foster parent, please refer to the following links:
FOSTER FAMILY AND ADOPTIONS
FOSTER FAMILY SERVICES
Qualify Application Letter
   
General Information & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) About Foster Parenting

Application For Foster Parent

PRIDE Foster  Parent Training Schedule
AB 12

In January 2012, a new law known as AB 12 was put
into place. Recognizing that many foster youth who
age out of the system at 18 years are woefully
unprepared for independence, AB 12 extends foster
care services through the age of 21 and allows
for more housing possibilities.

Foster youth with a suitable placement order on their
18th birthday may continue to receive supportive services
if they meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

• Are enrolled in high school or equivalent program
• Are enrolled in college/vocational school
• Work at least 80 hours/month
• Participate in a program/activity that helps them find a job or removes barriers to
employment
• Are unable to do one of the above because of  a medical or mental health condition
Optimist is looking for
new Foster Parents
and we think that you
could help!!!

Please have any potential
foster parents call us at
(800) 454-5561

*In order to receive the $500
referral bonus, applicants who are
referred by current Optimist foster
parents must be fully certified and
receive a child by Optimist Foster
Family and Adoption Services

For additional information, please contact:

Danielle Lovelady-Ryan
Optimist Foster Family and Adoptions Agency
520 W. Palmdale Blvd., Suite H
Tel.: 800-454-5561
Email: dloveladyryan@oyhfs.org
Referral Incentive
Would You Like $500???

Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services

6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
Telephone: (323) 443-3175
www.OYHFS.org

Website management:
Email:rmartinez@oyhfs.org
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