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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.

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 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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Laura Brummund
Administrator

Laura Brumund is passionate about her work with children and families.  She has 5 years of experience as a state preschool teacher.  Working closely with families encouraged her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Laura is also certified to do school counseling and has worked with at-risk youth in the schools.  Laura has experience in counseling and social work for over 5 years.  Laura loves working at the HUGS Foster Family Agency and loves helping others to have hope as they cope with challenges in their lives.  Laura is excited for what the future of the HUGS Foster Agency will bring as we grow to serve more children and make a difference in people’s lives.

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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.

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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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Keri Saldana

Keri Saldana has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.  Through her career she worked as a case carrying social worker for the County of Orange, where she supervised court cases working on family reunification and family maintenance cases.  She also worked for the Consortium for Children mediating between birth parents and adoptive parents involved in the dependency system for over 12 years.  Keri loves working with children and families and wants to ensure that children grow up in safe, supportive and happy homes.

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Kristina Adams

Kristina Adams, is a receptionist here at HUGS Foster Family Agency. She has been working in child care for 5 + years, and she loves working with children, while taking part of such a rewarding task, makes her feel privileged to helping families and children who have suffered difficulties in life. She desires to be comfort and understanding throughout trials, while striving to work hard with adults to help secure bright futures for our youth.

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Nikea Walker

Nikea Walker joined HUGS Foster Family Agency  in early 2016 she is the administrative assistant for the organization. She has worked with children for 12+years; being the youngest of five siblings she learned early that working with children would be her purpose. As she continue to work with troubled youth  she learned more of the administrative spectrum ,taking heed to a new aspect of the field, She cared so passionate about.  In early 2016 upon joining HugsFFA   she received an opportunity to show her administrative talents and excepted an opportunity to embrace, reunify and establish loving caring homes for neglected children in need. Working with the youth has encouraged her in many ways but it has also rewarded her as well to be a vital piece in the lives of our next generation. Furthermore, Nikea  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.