One of society’s needs is stable living environments for youth who have been removed from their family of origin or have emerged out of the foster care system unprepared for the demands of independent living. When these youth are provided nurturing, safe families, and/or independent living assistance, they are surrounded by individuals who help them make positive choices for their immediate needs and future goals. Youth in these programs are far less vulnerable to human traffickers. Workshop leader Paul Malouf and his employer, Family Care Network, Inc., have several programs which supply these needs, which he will describe.
Paul Malouf is Foster Family Development Specialist with Family Care Network, Inc., He serves the Central Coast for FCNI out of their Santa Maria office. Family Care Network’s mission is “to enhance the wellbeing of children and families in partnership with our community.” Paul’s primary work is educating the community regarding Therapeutic Foster Care, Fost-Adopt, and Transitional Age Youth programs offered through FCNI. In his 17 years with them he has worked as a foster care social worker and supervisor of social workers. He holds a B.A. in Social Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. Paul and his wife met in the youth group at La Canada Presbyterian Church. They have three sons, ages 24, 21, and 18. They worship at Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande.