Over 300 Asian American students living with foster care families are starting this school year with fresh school supplies and new backpacks thanks to the efforts of the Korean community.

The Korean American Family Services (KFAM) held its third annual backpack and school supplies drive during the month of July, and was able to gather enough donations to provide 327 new backpacks with school supplies for Asian American students under the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services, and 10 new backpacks with school supplies specifically for Korean students in foster families. The backpacks were delivered to the Asian Pacific Unit of the LA DCFS on August 10.

"The backpacks that the Korean community has provided for these foster children will prove to be a source of confidence and joy for them," said Frank Ramos, the regional administrator of the Covina and El Monte offices of the DCFS.

KFAM backpacks
(Photo : Courtesy of KFAM)
Korean American Family Services (KFAM) delivered over 300 new backpacks and school supplies for students in foster homes on August 10.

According to statement from KFAM in early July, more than 34,600 children are under the care of the LA DCFS. 680 of those children are Asian American, and 40 are Korean American.