When Armando Lopez, a senior at Jordan High School, recalls his foster parents, a smile slowly forms on his face. “Hilda and Rudy,” he says with a warm grin. For Armando, 17, foster care was a critical support in his life.
Armando’s story isn’t unlike any number of LA youth dealt a difficult hand – he, his brother and his mother were homeless until he was about 13, moving from one hotel to another. His mom did what she could to pay for their rooms, sometimes resorting to theft, which eventually landed her in jail and forced Armando and his brother into foster care.