A newly opened center at UCLA aims to help youth in foster care avoid entering the child welfare system, the university announced Tuesday.
The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families is a collaborative hub for research, prevention and intervention efforts that will work to strengthen families and help direct children on a path to success, according to the university.
The center’s staff and faculty will also aim to give foster parents, related caregivers and adoptive families the skills and resources to promote stable and nurturing families, equitable opportunities and paths to educational success for the children in their care.
The center will address the complex needs of youth in foster care by bringing together resources and expertise from numerous UCLA units, including the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Luskin School of Public Affairs’ social welfare department.
The center was made possible by a gift of $10 million from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The Los Angeles philanthropists are leading supporters of UCLA who have made significant investments toward bettering the lives of foster youth and their families, according to the university.
“This generous gift from Jeanne and Tony Pritzker allows UCLA to help provide critical resources for our community’s most vulnerable children and youth,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “As a leading public research university, we have a responsibility to use the breadth and depth of our resources to help address the most critical issues facing society. The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families will be a tremendous resource for young people in the foster care system and their families.”
The center aims to serve as a catalyst for more effective collaboration between UCLA researchers and nonprofit agencies, other colleges and universities, K-12 systems, children and family advocates, and government support services across Los Angeles County.
It will also be tasked with developing new classroom support systems, family support services and programs that help children affected by trauma and promote resilience; and producing research on issues related to foster care, with an initial focus on the dynamics of race in foster care in Los Angeles County.
–City News Service
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