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thanks to vital and supportive pro- grams like Stanford Youth Solutions that exist to help ensure the cycle can be broken.” May is National Foster Care Month where communities across the country recognize and raise awareness about how to play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Kelly-Semper says that when you become a foster parent, it’s important to understand that the youth are most likely pulled from bad situations and it’s all they know. “There are no bad kids, there are just kids that are in need of something,” she says. “We don’t just need more fos- ter parents, we need foster parents who are dedicated to the cause.” n stick it out it can be a very beautiful thing.” According to the Stanford Youth Solutions website, 68 percent of young people in foster care reunify with family, permanently connect through guardianship or adoption or move to a lower level of care. One Sacramento County social worker who has worked directly with Stanford Youth, says that the organization works well at meet- ing youth and families where they are, building upon their pre-existing strengths and enhancing them. “In my experience, they have brought creativity, stability and, most importantly, hope, to the families I’ve referred to them,” the social worker says. “Foster care is not an ideal place for a child to be raised; however it is Cherise Henry is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Folsom. Read more at On Twitter @cherisehenry. | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 115