Foster Family Services

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Hear My Story: Richard

Richard Lazaro Alonso, 24, lived in 12 different foster homes growing up. Before entering foster care, he endured traumatic abuse from his biological father, leaving him with scars on his face that serve as a reminder of his childhood even today.

“I’ve been in foster care since I was seven years old,” Richard said. “I was thankful when I entered the system because I was able to escape my home.”

As a teenager, Richard entered a foster home that helped him understand that his childhood need not define his future. Just one family believing in his potential made the difference for Richard. He is now a student at Cal State Fresno, studying criminology and planning to graduate in 2012. He also works as an Aspiranet Life Coach, helping former foster youth transition to adulthood.

“As a child growing up, I was always fearful of making mistakes; now I help mentor foster kids” Richard said. “A foster parent changed my life.”

Watch the video below to hear more of Richard’s story:


You Can Change a Life

As a foster parent, you can help youth like Richard thrive in a loving, safe home.

Complete the form below to learn more about foster parenting with Aspiranet.

To speak with Aspiranet’s Family Development Team about fostering, call (877) 380-HERO.


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