In honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month of May, Counseling4Kids (C4K) held its first Annual Sports4Kids outreach event at LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance on May, 30 Saturday.

Counseling4Kids' children clients in foster care and their caregivers participated in soccer, basketball, and dodgeball activities with assigned coaches. They also enjoyed pizza and drinks after the event, as well as various gifts donated by the community which were distributed to children by volunteers. In order to show their support for foster youth in need, LA Galaxy sent their Star Squad team and mascot Cozmo who played with the kids.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union provided 12 event volunteers who got to interact with children and families under the dynamic leadership of Managers Lisa Longoria and Ray Romero . Professional photographer Todd Quan volunteered to capture the event. Event sponsors included Molino & Berardino Law Firm, Green Hills Memorial Park, Kiwanis Club of Torrance and Coastline Connection making this joyful event possible for Counseling4Kids families. Leilani Kimmel Dagastino from City of Torrance's Commission on Aging, who is also running for City Council, was among the attendees offering her continued support for foster kids.

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Counseling4Kids thanks all of their sponsors and attendees for making this past October and November Bowl4Kids' 2014 events such a success!

Foster Care Awareness Month

National Foster Care Month

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Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 5500,000 children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families. Many children would not have to enter foster care at all if more states provided support and services to help families cope with crises early on. Thanks to the many advocates, child welfare professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children in foster care has decreased over recent years.. But more help is needed. Every year, approximately 30,000 young people leave the foster care system without lifelong families – most at age 18. On their own, these young adults must navigate a weakened economy offering fewer jobs and less support for vital services such as housing. They need – and deserve – caring adults who love and support them. We call on all Americans to join us in helping to change a lifetime of a child or youth in foster care. No matter who you are or how much time you have to give, you can help create permanent, lifelong connections for these children and youth.

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> THE MAGNITUDE: About 550,000 children in the United States currently are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well-being. Many children in foster care are unable to return home safely because their parents lack access to services that could help strengthen the family. In addition, there are millions of foster care alumni in the U.S. who represent all walks of life.

> THE NEED: No matter their age, all children in foster care need a meaningful connection to at least one caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives. Without families or stable relationships, too many of these formerly neglected and/or abused children and teens will end up facing life’s challenges all alone.

> THE FACES OF FOSTER CARE: Child welfare issues arise in families of every race, ethnicity, culture and age group. A disproportionate percentage of children in foster care are children of color, particularly African American and American Indian. In addition, children of color in the child welfare system experience worse outcomes.

> THE CONSEQUENCES: Research shows that young people who age out of foster care are far more likely than their peers in the general population to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised mental and physical health, insufficient education, unemployment, incarceration, and early pregnancy and parenthood.

> THE PRIORITY: Older youth are in most urgent need of attention. Nearly half of the young people in foster care are older than age 10. For many years, the number of young people aging out of foster care has increased. That number currently is about 30,000 each year. These young people exit foster care without the appropriate family connections, resources, mentorship, employment, skills or options they need to live independently.

> THE SOLUTION: Children and youth in foster care are capable of overcoming the repercussions of previous neglect and/or abuse. Across the country, people just like you are raising their voices and engaging in efforts to educate federal and state public policy leaders on the issues facing children and families. Supporting children and families is a bi-partisan issue and should be a priority for all policymakers. Throughout the nation, everyday people are serving as foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers and volunteers. Thanks to these unsung heroes, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives, or be adopted by loving families. Many children would not have to enter foster care at all if more states provided support and services to help families cope with crises early on.

> THE CALL TO ACTION: Many communities are urgently seeking more everyday people to come forward to help these young people realize their full potential.


May is National Foster Care Month. Every state in our country has children in foster care. They belong to all of us. Now is the time to show we care. No matter who you are and how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will CHANGE A LIFETIME for a young person in foster care. You can help create permanent, lifelong connections for these children.


Counseling4Kids Luminary Awards

You can be a part of something bigger than yourself! We invite you to join TEAM C4K to walk or run 3 miles to support health and healing for children in foster care. Our goal is to have 40 TEAM C4K walkers or runners represent Counseling4Kids on March 9, 2014 in the LA Big 5K. You can do this by joining our team, walking, fundraising and advocating for children in foster care. Each member of TEAM C4K receives a TEAM C4K t-shirt, water bottle and admission to our, TEAM C4K Tent Party!
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DATE: The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 9, 2014.  Registration will open on October 1st.
To Join TEAM C4K and the LA Big 5K contacts us at (818) 441 -7800
It's easy! Just click here: http://www.firstgiving.com/TEAMC4K then press the "start fundraising" tab. Fill out your own personalized TEAM C4K page that you can safely and easily send to friends.

For more information go to: www.lamarathon.com

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"Two Milk Minimum"

Counseling4Kids honored foster children and their families on Saturday, September 21 at Flappers Comedy Club as part of its annual 2 Milk Minimum event dedicated to promoting healing through laughter. With support from My Stuff Bags Foundation, Anadol Rugs, Boyz in the Kitchen and community volunteers more than 20 children and their families enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments and fun. Hosted by comedian Michael Rayner, the annual event aimed to create a safe and healthy environment for foster children to connect with their caregivers and celebrate individual success.

“We are pleased with the success of this year’s event. It was inspiring to see our community come together and sponsor so many smiles,” said Richard Burrell, Executive Director of C4K.

The event was attended by Sheldon Brackett, C4K Board President and Traci Shirachi, C4K Board Vice President along with many community members from Burbank and surrounding areas.

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