An Oxnard-based program that recruits minority foster and adoptive parents for minority children will close at the end of the month.
Closure of the nonprofit Plaza Family Support Center will leave 13 Hispanic families, many of whom speak no English, without advocates in an adoption process that can prove daunting even for English-speaking families, said Geraldine Zapata, director of the Oxnard agency's parent organization in Los Angeles.
"It's a terrible tragedy," she said. "there will be no one in the county that will take up the cause of this sort of child."
The Plaza Family Support Center and five similar organizations statewide are being closed because they have proven expensive and inefficient, said Loren Suter, deputy director of the state Department of Social Services.