McKinley Children's Center

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180 E. Via Verde
Suite 200
San Dimas, CA 91773
United States

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Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Established in 1900, McKinley's Children Center stands as a pillar of transformation and hope in our communities. What began as a nurturing orphanage has evolved into a comprehensive non-profit institution offering a myriad of specialized services. Our expansive portfolio includes a non-public school designed specifically for students with learning disabilities, an array of holistic mental health solutions, and nationally accredited foster and adoption servicesMcKinley is a leader in compassionately transforming the lives of youth and families through innovative education, counseling, and social services; inspiring hope to achieve success.At McKinley, we believe every child deserves the best life possible. It’s that philosophy that has led to the creation of our Foster Family & Adoptions Agency. Through this program, we provide loving homes and better opportunities to children who have neither. Together, we can change the lives of children in need while enriching families throughout the community.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many do not realize the need for new resource families in California. The number of foster kids outnumber the foster families who can provide short or long-term care. Foster advocates work hard to find places for these children, but it is not easy.

The latest 2021 report from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report in California says there are:

  • 47,871 kids in California's foster care system
  • 22,892 who entered foster care
  • 15,386 foster kids awaiting adoption
  • California foster kids across all ages, with a median of 8 years
  • 33% whose foster child case plans include adoption

A child's median time in the California foster care system is over a year at 16.8 months. 13% spend 3-4 years in foster care.

California needs foster parents to take in multiple children if they have the time and energy to care for them. Sibling groups often need care, and it is essential to support these family bonds. In California, it is challenging to find homes for teenagers, though they need stable environments and reliable adults to support them.

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