How race and ethnicity play a role in foster parent-child relationships

In just a few days, 15-year-old foster child Paola Martínez will be reunited with her family.

“I feel good, but I also feel sad,” said Martínez.

Sad because she has made a lot of progress over the last two years in her foster home. She was flunking almost all of her classes when she first arrived.

“I’m more respectful. I take care of my grades. I don’t hang around the wrong crowd like I used to,” said Martínez.

The LA Department of Children and Family Services placed Martínez, who is Salvadorian, with Lucy Aguillon of Guatemalan descent in January of 2020.

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