There has been a need to provide foster care for youth
on probation for many years and a program has finally
been developed. Lisa Campbell-Motton, Director of
Placement Permanency & Quality Assurance with the
Los Angeles County Department of Probation, realized
that many youth placed in residential programs may
actually need a less restrictive type of placement, such
as a foster home.
This type of setting may benefit some probation
youth due to the circumstances surrounding their
arrest or because they have met their probation
requirements, and in doing so, demonstrated
positive behavior and attitude.
Youth on probation are not much different, if at all,
from their Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS) counterparts, who are placed
in foster homes due to abuse and/or neglect they’re
receiving at home. However, probation youth are
often stigmatized by the media and by the general
public as a whole.
Optimist would be a wealthy agency if we had a
dollar for every time we heard visitors exclaim
how polite, engaging and charming our youth
(who are all on probation) are. Our clients
continuously remind us they are just teens with
the same needs and desires as any other teen,
which includes living in a safe and loving home.
We are excited that we can now place some
of those deserving youth in our privately certified
foster homes, which will only add to their chance
“As a probation
youth living in a
foster home, I feel
grateful for all the
support my foster
parents gave me..."
-Optimist Probation Foster Care Resident