California Mental Health Services Authority

Hero Within

Finding strength within themselves.

Imagine being taken from your home at eight, or nine years old. How do you bring comfort back to a child whose life has been completely turned upside down? In Los Angeles County, 1,500 children are removed from their homes each month and put into foster care. Tasked by the California Mental Health Services Agency to create a fun but helpful resource to help kids going through this difficult time, we developed the graphic novel “Hero Within.” Packed not only with a compelling story mirroring their own, Hero Within guides kids to local resources, while engaging them with activities designed to build back their sense of belonging and self-worth.

We created an informative resource that resonates with 8-12 years olds and helps them through the foster care process.