Korean American Family Services, Inc. (KFAM) – Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI)

Korean American Family Services, Inc. (KFAM) – Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI)

Founded in 1983, Korean American Family Services' (KFAM) mission is to empower underserved Korean and AAPI families through culturally responsive programs. KFAM is the nation’s first and only AAPI-focused Foster Family Agency with services available in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI) is a program

Korean American Family Services, Inc. (KFAM) – Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI)

Founded in 1983, Korean American Family Services' (KFAM) mission is to empower underserved Korean and AAPI families through culturally responsive programs. KFAM is the nation’s first and only AAPI-focused Foster Family Agency with services available in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI) is a program under KFAM that recruits and trains AAPI resource (foster) families to provide culturally sensitive homes to AAPI foster children. In addition, AFFI engages in prevention and intervention efforts toward ending child abuse in the AAPI community by providing culturally and linguistically specific counseling and parent support services.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1983, Korean American Family Services' (KFAM) mission is to empower underserved Korean and AAPI families through culturally responsive programs. KFAM is the nation’s first and only AAPI-focused Foster Family Agency with services available in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI) is a program under KFAM that recruits and trains AAPI resource (foster) families to provide culturally sensitive homes to AAPI foster children. In addition, AFFI engages in prevention and intervention efforts toward ending child abuse in the AAPI community by providing culturally and linguistically specific counseling and parent support services.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Annually in the U.S. there are over 400,000 children in the foster care system. These children are temporarily removed from their parents’ care due to neglect, abandonment, and/or abuse. In contrast, only 200,000 resource (foster) families are available to take care of them. In Los Angeles County alone, there are nearly 35,000 children in foster care, but only about 3,000 resource (foster) homes. In Los Angeles County, there are over 600 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) children in the foster care system. However, there are only a few approved AAPI resource families who might be a culturally appropriate match. Children of immigrant households often do not learn English until they start Kindergarten or later. Being placed in non-AAPI resource homes that lack knowledge about the children’s language, food, or culture can compound the existing anxiety, confusion, and trauma.

The Solution:

AFFI is committed to helping AAPI foster children cope with life, grow, and develop into their best selves and become capable of overcoming the obstacles of daily living. AFFI recruits AAPI resource parents to provide culturally sensitive homes, particularly to AAPI foster children. We train AAPI resource parents in-language and culturally competent curriculum and provide on-going support through in-language and culturally competent services and linkages for successful placement. KFAM believes in multiculturalism and culturally competent services in all of our service delivery. We work closely with child protective service agencies to raise awareness of the importance culturally appropriate placements of AAPI children. We encourage collaborative relationships so that they will capture the race of children in their system. AFFI also provide intervention and prevention services through counseling and case management for child abuse victims or at-risk children.

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