Video Publicizes Local Need, Positive Impact of Foster Parents
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) are appealing to Coachella Valley residents to consider fostering children in need, with a video that highlights the local need and ways to help.
Nearly 2,000 Riverside County children are in foster care, having been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or other horrible family circumstances. Half are placed more than 11 miles from home. A quarter of those are placed more than 50 miles from home.
DPSS has created a public service announcement video to inspire residents to consider becoming foster parents. The video features captivating testimony about the benefits and gratifying experience of helping children in need.
The two-minute video can be seen on Supervisor Benoit’s Web site, www.rivco4.org. Visitors can click on the link in the rotating image carousel on the home page or connect directly at www.rivco4.org/web/fostercarepsa.
“Many people aren’t aware of the urgent need in the Coachella Valley for dedicated foster parents to help raise children of all ages who need safe homes, love and security,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Unfortunately, many of our Coachella Valley kids cannot find a foster home in our valley. We need your help to change that.”
Supervisor Benoit and DPSS Director Susan von Zabern appear in the video along with foster parent Silvia Signoret and her family.
“Kids need foster homes close to their own families and their own communities, not 50 or 100 miles away,” said DPSS Director Susan von Zabern. “We need foster homes for children that are right here in the Coachella Valley.”
The video is designed for use by foster parent associations, foster care agencies, nonprofits, churches and civic organizations to assist in foster parent recruitment. The video also has Spanish language subtitles to reach the Spanish speaking community.
The messages in the video are particularly pertinent during the month of May, recognized across the nation as Foster Care Awareness Month.
“It’s easier to raise a child than fix a broken adult, please be a foster parent,” says Juliette, daughter of Silvia and Tony Signoret.
To obtain further information about becoming a foster/adoptive parent, call 1-800-665-KIDS (5497).
The video was produced by Peter Coonradt in 2015.