FOSTERALL ANNOUNCED AS ONELIFE LA 2023 GRANT RECIPIENT
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace announced today that FosterAll will receive the fourth annual OneLife LA Service Grant of $10,000 to support its mission to provide safe and loving homes for thousands of children. The grant will be presented to FosterAll at OneLife LA – the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ celebration of the beauty and dignity of life from conception to natural death – on Saturday, January 21, 2023.
FosterAll exemplifies the mission and vision of Archbishop José H. Gomez for OneLife LA, which states that “every person has a sanctity and dignity that cannot be diminished by illness or disability, and cannot be limited by race, age, sex or social condition.”
“We extend our gratitude and appreciation to the leadership and staff of FosterAll. The work of this remarkable organization is a tremendous gift to our local communities, especially to the thousands of children who are hoping to be placed in safe and loving homes,” said Michael P. Donaldson, Senior Director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice, and Peace. “FosterAll is a magnificent and empowering agent in supporting heroic families who desire to support children in crisis. We are so happy to award FosterAll the OneLife LA Grant for 2023.”
FosterAll recruits prospective foster parents from faith communities and provides ongoing support to these heroic families so that they can provide safe and loving homes for the thousands of children who have been abused and neglected.
“We are humbled to be recognized as the recipient of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, OneLife LA Grant. Our partnership with parishes across LA county has been a blessing,” said Lou Moore, Executive Director for FosterAll. “Abused and neglected children placed in the foster care system have been welcomed and loved by so many Catholic families, for which FosterAll is deeply grateful. The Archdiocese is a vital partner in FosterAll’s mission to find safe and nurturing homes for children and to support those heroic families who are making a difference in a child’s life. Thank you for your support.”
FosterAll began with one voice, one church and one family helping one child. Since its inception, this process has been repeated over 3,600 times and has created countless families. FosterAll emerged in 1985 when Dr. Mary Rotzien served as an intern at the MacLaren Children’s Center, a troubled Los Angeles County residential facility that has since closed. Devastated by the number of children in foster care who were without homes, she felt if faith communities were to bring families to these children, then the crisis could be averted. With financial support and encouragement from Westwood Presbyterian Church and her husband
Brian F. Buchanan, Dr. Rotzien created FosterAll, formerly known as Child S.H.A.R.E. Dr. Rotzien’s vision continues today. FosterAll, with over 350 faith partners, strives to find these children safe, supportive and loving homes.
During last year’s in-person edition of OneLife LA the grant recipient was the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles, a Catholic volunteer-based organization that helps the underserved become self-sufficient by providing financial and emotional support, food, clothing, furniture, appliances, and resources to connect them to helpful sources in Los Angeles.
Other community partners this year include organizations that fight human trafficking, help homeless pregnant women and their children, improve the lives of families who have relatives with a mental illness, and grant children with Down syndrome access to heart surgery, such as No One Dies Alone (NODA), Through God’s Grace Ministry, Order of Malta, Harvest Home, 40 Days for Life, Nami South Bay, Hearts of Joy International, Options United, Sofesa, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries.
OneLife LA seeks to promote a culture of life, where every human life is dignified, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. Spearheaded by the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, OneLife LA was celebrated in-person in January 2022. To see more highlights of OneLife LA 2022, please visit OneLife LA – Forward in Hope – YouTube