FosterAll recruits prospective resource/foster parents from faith communities and provides ongoing support to these heroic families so that they can provide safe and loving homes for the thousands of children who have been abused and neglected.
FosterAll began with one voice, one church and one family helping one child. Since its inception, this process has been repeated over 3,600 times and has created countless families.
FosterAll emerged in 1985 when Dr. Mary Rotzien served as an intern at the MacLaren Children’s Center, a troubled Los Angeles County residential facility that has since closed. Devastated by the number of children in foster care who were without homes, she felt if faith communities were to bring families to these children, then the crisis could be averted. With financial support and encouragement from Westwood Presbyterian Church and her husband Brian F. Buchanan, Dr. Rotzien created FosterAll, formerly known as Child S.H.A.R.E.
Dr. Rotzien’s vision continues today. FosterAll, with over 100 faith partners, strives to find these children safe, supportive and loving homes.
A Glimpse of Foster Care History
Fostering is not a new concept and goes back to the dawn of time, in which children would be reared by someone other than their biological parents. This was an especially common practice during times of war or plagues.
During the Middle Ages (476 AD-1500 AD) in Central Europe, fostering, originally known as fosterage, was something that parents chose to do, to give their child a more rounded education in various areas of their culture.
Here in the United States in the mid 19th century, the foster care system began as a way to get children out of the orphanages, off the streets of New York and into Midwestern homes where they could experience a healthy childhood. This was the era of the Orphan Train begun by Charles Loring Brace, an American minister who is considered the father of today’s foster care movement. Thousands of children travelling by trains were taken in by families from faith communities across the country. There was no government system in charge, only the work of too many volunteers to count who helped the children.
In our present age, the word fostering is associated with children abandoned, neglected or abused by their biological families and cast into a government run system. A negative connotation is often ascribed to the system and these children, who were removed through no fault of their own.
FosterAll strives to find quality foster families because these children were meant to be raised by dedicated and loving parents, not by a system. Within safe and loving homes these children lead happy, healthy and productive lives, a mission embraced by FosterAll.
Board of Directors
Partner, Patriot Equity Partners
John W. Prosser, Jr.
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Brian F. Buchanan
Buchanan & Patterson, LLP
Wood Gutmann Bogart
Steven Hauser, Esq.
Bank of the West
Cathay General Bancorp and
Director of Foster Care Programs
Director of Family Recruitment
Director of Family Support Services
Director of Operations