Foster Care & Adoption Services


Foster Care & Adoption Services provide therapeutic placements for children in the foster care system and adoptive families for special-needs children in Los Angeles County. One of the primary goals of Hathaway- Sycamores is preparing children who have been removed from their families to return home to an environment that has become safe and secure. If that is not possible, the agency seeks to place children in a less restrictive, more home-like setting. Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services recruits, trains, certifies, supervises and supports foster families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to these children. The children and families we serve through foster and adoptive care have complex needs. Our Staff take an approach that focuses on the family’s strengths and needs. They provide the most comprehensive and innovative services available that include: Weekly visits by a social worker, 24-hour support and guidance; financial support; in-home psychotherapy, play therapy and other forms of intervention as needed; assessment of educational needs and advocacy for appropriate educational setting and services; access to the full-range of professional mental health services provided by Hathaway-Sycamores.

Foster families can be very different in life style, income and education. Foster families are of different races and creeds. A foster parent need not be married. Foster parents can be employed outside the home as long as suitable childcare is available. Whenever possible, Hathaway-Sycamores matches the interests and strengths of the foster family with the needs of the foster child. The foster families provide food, clothing, a comfortable home, a soft shoulder and a lot of patient understanding and structure.

Who We Serve

When children come into foster care, efforts are made to help the biological family provide a safe and secure home so that the family may be successfully reunified. When reunification is not possible, the goal is to provide the child with a permanent adoptive family.

If you are interested in learning about the certification process please call Zenia Canas, our Foster Parent Liaison, and Zenia will schedule an appointment with to meet with you.

Zenia Canas
Foster Parent Liaison

(626) 831-5179

Click here to learn about our Intensive Services Foster Care program.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fill out the application form and email it to Zenia Canas or fax the completed form to (626) 794-9148. Click here to download the Foster Parent Application Form.

Hathaway-Sycamores Foster and Adoptive Families


Morton Lee and Christopher Drechsler

Hathaway-Sycamores adoptive parents Morton Lee and Christopher Drechsler

Chris Hopgood and Morton Lee are two Hathaway-Sycamores’ foster parents who are making a difference.  Click here to watch the KCBS News story about Chris and Lee.

Hathaway-Sycamores’ foster dad Martin Mancilla

Hathaway-Sycamores foster dad Martin Mancilla

Martin Mancilla and his wife Adriana have opened their hearts and home to over 55 foster kids in the past nine years. Click here to watch the KCBS News story about Martin.