The County of San Diego serves more than 3.5 million people with hundreds of programs. One program in particular serves a unique population with extraordinary needs.
Foster children are the responsibility of the county. Every year, the County Adoption Program places nearly 400 children into permanent homes.
One of those homes has been my own.
The five adopted children living under my roof are the joy of my life. My oldest child graduates from high school next month; my youngest starts kindergarten next year. I love my children so much and I could not imagine life without them.
The adoption system depends upon loving people opening their homes to children. Earlier this month, Chairman Greg Cox and I launched a campaign in search of not just loving but exceptional families.
Our Exceptional Families Adoption Campaign centers upon nearly 50 hard-to-place children within the foster care system. These kids might have psychological, medical or behavioral problems -- or a combination of the three. They might be older, or unable to be separated from siblings within the system.
Through no fault of their own, these children hold little hope of finding a forever family.
That's why Chairman Cox and I are looking for "exceptional families" to come forward. Through our outreach, we are determined to find exceptional people to build forever families for the kids who need them most.