Lotus House New Option For Former Foster Kids


Jennifer Valko is fostering change.

The 46-year-old Long Beach woman founded a nonprofit last September called Fostering A Change, and less than a year later she is opening up the organization’s first home — The Lotus House — for young women who have aged out of the foster care system.

“I am going to be living here with them the first year, and we are in the process now of selecting six girls (ages 17 to 23) who must be enrolled in school and have a job or demonstrate that they are seeking employment,” Valko, 46, said. “We signed a lease and we will move in on Aug. 1.”

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