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About Us

Who We Are

Terra Manor, Inc. d.b.a. Hugs Foster Family is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by training loving and qualified people to become exceptional foster parents.  We began in 1997 as a small bud dedicated group of foster parents who were asked to start a residential treatment facility for girls with attachment disorders.  Recognizing the need for safe, secure and loving homes for all children, HUGS Foster Family Agency was established in 2003.  We also train families to care for children with medical and developmental disabilities.  

What We Do

What we do is simple.  We help brings loving and caring families together with children who need them.  We help to train families and individuals on what to expect in the foster care system.  We keep our families informed of upcoming changes in regulations and support them 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  We help ensure that all of our families and children are supported so that healing and positive growth can follow a difficult time in a child’s life.

Board of Directors

Victor Cruz
Chief Executive Officer

For many years, Victor served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Through that experience, he discovered his calling was to protect and care for others. When he learned about Terra Manor’s mission, something inside him said, “This is where you belong.” It may sound odd to compare his career as a Marine to his job at Terra Manor, but there are many similarities. Like a Marine, his basic duty now is to make things safe for others, at all times. Through care, service and commitment, both roles also carry the responsibility of taking care of others’ needs first. Victor has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and is currently working on his Master’s in Business Administration. Victor enjoys Camping with his wife and kids as this gives him the opportunity to build memories with family.

Email:  vcruz@hugsffa.org

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Marylou Adriatico

Marylou Adriatico holds a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)  and a Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley (Cal). Prior to working with Hugs, Marylou served children and families as a Children’s Social Services Worker for Riverside County Child Protective Services. Marylou is passionate about working with children in foster care and ensuring that they are in safe, comfortable, and happy homes. Furthermore, Marylou’s professional interests include promoting educational equity for children in foster care, increasing their high school and college matriculation rates, and advocating for foster care awareness.

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Bernadette Sanda
Financial Controller

Bernadette Sanda joined HUGS Foster Family Agency early 2016.  She is the Financial Controller for the organization.  She has worked in the accounting field for over 16 years.  Bernadette has provided accounting services for entities such as a Solar Company, Merchants Company and a high end Furniture Store.  When a new opportunity to begin working in a Foster Agency presented itself, she immediately took on the opportunity.  As she recognized the Agency’s mission, which is to provide services to protect nurture and support permanency for children, she fell in love with the Agency even more.  Bernadette has been with the agency for almost 2 years now and have established great relationships with the Foster Parents.  She strives to promote the well-being of children by being a great advocate for the Agency.  In addition, Bernadette’s primary responsibility is to continue to fulfill the agency’s mission and vision and work together with the employees to create a workplace of ethics, respect, and professionalism.

Tasha Ching
Registered Nurse

Tasha Ching graduated from nursing in 1985, she spent a year as the Charge Nurse of a 50 bed medical unit before landing her dream job at White Memorial hospital in LA on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tasha spent 25 year in the NICU responding to high risk deliveries, transporting critical infants and as Charge Nurse. She was intrigued by the Medical Fragile foster care and the Independent Nurse provider program. Tasha spent 9 years caring for our high level foster kids and even adopting her first child, Sammy, which she said completed her family of 2 biological children. When she decided to retire from foster care, we asked her to join the team as our RN Case Manager. She loved being a foster parent as feels blessed to be able to continue with our medically fragile families.

Rosalyn Richardson
Foster Care Social Worker

Email:  rrichardson@hugsffa.org

Laura Brumund
Administrator

Email:  rrichardson@hugsffa.org