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LA County's most vulnerable foster children are having trouble finding homes

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Tamar Chateff and 2-year-old Charlotte play together in their West Hollywood home on Friday, March 28. Chateff took in Charlotte as a 10-day-old foster child and has since adopted her.

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Chateff is currently attending a training to help parents take care of "therapeutic" foster children.

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Having already been a foster parent, Tamar Chateff has done through 21 hours of classes, home inspections and background checks.

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Tamar Chateff and 2-year-old Charlotte look in the fridge for an afternoon snack while at home on Friday, March 28.

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Chateff will also need additional resources including a support group and 24-hour-help line. The boy will also get a therapist, social worker and tutor.

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The 11-year-old boy Tamar Chateff hopes to foster has ben designated a "therapeutic" foster child. Chateff must get another 60 hours of training before he can live with her.


There are nearly 18,000 children in LA County's foster care system, and 300 of them have serious behavioral and mental health problems. These kids become vulnerable to poverty, incarceration, and substance abuse as adults.

They also have the most difficult time finding proper housing. KPCC's Rina Palta looks at a new plan to recruit families for the system's most challenging kids.


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