About Us

Foster Together Network is a synergistic group of public and private partners committed to helping improve the recruitment, retention, and quality of resource family caregiving in L.A. County. Co-founded in 2017 by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Center for Strategic Partnerships, First 5 LA, and the Department of Children and Family Services, it has grown quickly to include the Department of Mental Health, Probation, foster family agencies, community leaders, parents, and former foster youth, all dedicated to together tackling our child welfare system’s greatest challenges..
In response to the crisis shortage of foster homes in 2017, First 5 LA and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation launched a collective impact effort to make sure kids received the care they need in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Partnership, the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, and various public and private partners. These partners formed a broad-based coalition of stakeholders, Foster Together Network, to increase the number of foster families in Los Angeles County. This coalition has since grown to include numerous foster family agencies, recruitment focused non-profits, community leaders, faith-based partners, LA County Department of Mental Health and the LA County Probation Department. It has launched influential pilots, worked with our County to improve its data systems and partnerships, and continues to grow.

It is an exciting time for the Foster Together Network and the transformation of the foster care system in Los Angeles. We invite you to join us and be part of the movement.

We believe we have an opportunity to transform Los Angeles County, the State of California and serve as an example nationally for collaborative engagement in best practices advancing the recruitment and retention of foster families. This is an opportunity to be a part of the solution—to change the lives of children and improve the system that finds them a home.