Visalia Positive Attitude Outlook, Inc. Foster Family Agency
Born through a vision to start group homes for
youth and children in 1988, Livingston Group
Home aimed to provide a safe, positive home for
those whom had a history of psychological,
social, and academic issues. Three years later, a
evolutionary change of focus and services
modified this company’s name to what is now
known as Positive Attitude Outlook, Inc. (PAO),
a foster care agency that cultivates on religious
beliefs and political rights.
PAO currently holds three agencies to assist
there foster children population, two in Fresno,
Ca., one in Bakersfield, Ca., Ontario, Ca., and
“It was He who gave the owner a vision to establish PAO to be a ministry for helping children!”-PAO Founder
Richard E. Ortez, M.A.C.
Irma Perez, B.A.
Kelly Kleinhammer, MSW
PAO population-at-risk is aimed towards children and youth. It
has expanded to become a program that provides children, from
birth to 18 years of age, with a foster care home in hopes that it
might give positive aspects to a child life.
Children and youth look for acceptance, guidance, support, but
above all love. PAO attempts to supply these needs to thousands
of children with the help of fostering homes and reunification.
PAO services include:
• The opportunity to gain personal satisfaction for giving a child a
chance to develop and grow up in a safe and positive environment
• Financial Compensation
• Social workers on call 24 hours for crisis services
• Special monthly training
• Children from 0-18
• Medi-cal & Dental health coverage for the children
• Quarterly awards for our Foster Children
• Special activities for the children
• Our goal is family reunification or to provide a safe and nurturing long
term home for our foster children
PAO focuses on the social justice of children ages 0-18. The conduct a great
amount of research and analysis to care for any child in any state. The four types of
• Emergency Foster Care
A child left with no family/ immediate removal from his current home are placed in
Emergency foster homes. The children are often traumatized by the incident in
which they will need intensive help.
• Respite Care
Respite care is the short-term care of a very dependent or difficult child which
enables the parents - birth, foster or adoptive - to take a break.
• Therapeutic or Treatment Care
Children that come into foster care who are medically fragile, or have been severely
emotionally damaged by their previous families. Foster parents may need to provide
extensive medical support, or mount an intensive salvage operation to try to turn
these children around.
At PAO, they aim to create a safe,
cultural competent agency. Foster
Parents and Social Workers join in on
monthly trainings and seminars on how
to become culturally competent with their
POA attempts to give every child a
Foster Parent that meets their cultural
needs, religious background, and
After the foster child is given their rights,
it is the responsibility of the foster parent
to apply those rights while in their home.
(Including religious practice and birth
PAO values the life and future of a
child. They state feeling successful
when a former foster child gains a
career, job, and family of their own.
They live by the following statement:
“If you believe in helping others and
wish to open your homes and hearts to
the less fortunate, then you’ve come to
the right place. If you’ve got the
motivation and determination, then you
are at the place to be.”
PAO’s outlook is to enforce and conduct the human
rights of the child. The aim to provide that child with the
right tools to succeed in life.
They often fall upon the ideas of the Human Rights
Watch. To provide foster youth with a variety of options
as they make the transition to adulthood. These could
include more time at home before moving out on their
own, or somewhere to stay for certain periods, such as
California's foster care system serves 65,000 children
and youth, far more than any other single state. PAO is
one agency of many that help serve this population.
How to become a foster parent through PAO:
(1) To get started, you will need a valid ID.
(2) You will also need a Social Security card.
(3)Complete a CPR and First Aid Class
(4)Complete a physical and TB Test
(5) Have a safe home environment
What PAO looks for in a foster parent…
“Well the most important is that they have a willing heart to
care for a child. Secondly, we make sure they have a safe &
adequate room in your home. Lastly, we make sure they
are financially stable. While they do get financial
compensation, we frown upon them treating foster caring
as a second income.”-M.A.C.
PAO’s mission is to provide reinforcement and
nourishment to each at-risk child with the hopes that
one day they will become positive, productive adults
and role models of encouragement in the lives of other
Their aim is to provide services to enhance the
effectiveness of the foster care system by monthly
training, developmental workshops, and seminars.
These all contribute to bettering the efficiency of foster
care agencies as well as the youth and children of the
For additional information you can visit the agencies
website at www.positiveattitudeoutlook.com
Call to speak to a representative at 559 636-5880
The best thing a child can hear is not only “I love you”, but “I am here for you too”.