But they shared a cultural link rare within Los Angeles County’s massive foster care system: they are both of Korean descent.
Los Angeles County officials and founders of the Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI) hope to increase the frequency with which such connections are made.
The goal behind AFFI is to raise awareness of the need for more Asian families from all cultural backgrounds to become licensed foster care providers.
A shortage of Asian families means children in the foster care system are placed in whatever homes are available.
But finding yourself in a different cultural setting during a turbulent time can be especially difficult for children in foster care.