Wanted: Foster parents for full-time commitment with part-time kids

For the volunteers helping students at Samueli Academy the time might be limited but the parenting won’t be

The first floor of the three-story dormitory at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana is fully furnished and ready to house 16 adolescents from Orange County’s child welfare system — girls on one side, boys on the other — for whom it will be home during school days.

Plans call for moving those 7th-12th graders into their new living quarters on the otherwise empty campus as soon as possible this year, even if the coronavirus pandemic dictates that they, like all of the charter school’s 650 or so students, study remotely. The dorms are expected to become the kind of stable home that youth in foster care often lack.

But the students can’t move in without one more critical component in place — foster parents.

Though they’ll live in the college-style dorms under the supervision of Orangewood Foundation and its Youth Connected Program during school weeks, they’ll also need “resource families” to live with Friday night through Sunday night and any other time school is not in session. If things work out really well, they may end up spending more time during the week in the home environment.

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January 13, 2021 Santa Ana Community News
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