On April 19, 2016, Family Builders celebrated 40 years of service in the Bay Area with a cocktail reception and benefit event at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Scenes from the party:
Since 1976, Family Builders has helped find permanent, loving families for children and youth in the foster care system. There are 58,000 children and youth in California’s foster care system and about 6,800 in the Bay Area. Children in foster care experience multiple foster placements, are often separated from siblings, are typically older than 5 years old, and the majority are African American and Latino. All children in foster care suffer from trauma, grief and loss. Family Builders connects these children with individuals and couples who can provide safe, stable, nurturing families. The services are free and confidential, and include adoption, foster care, and other forms of permanency.
Family Builders welcomes traditional families; single-parent families; both men and women; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families; transracial and multiracial families; and all other families as prospective adoptive parents.
Family Builders 40th Anniversary Celebration event co-chairs: Jorge Maumer and Brenda Zarate
Host committee: Willie L. Brown, Alison Carlson, Carolyn Chandler, Lorre Erlick, Sandra Farris, Jeanny Gutierrez, Farah and Victor Makras, Sonya Molodetskaya, Alan Morrell and Mike Genoshe, Glenn Risso and Gregg Lynn, Dianne Pettigrew Yancey
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography