OAKLAND -- Family Builders, an Oakland nonprofit, is co-sponsoring a day-long symposium for prospective foster and adoptive parents.

The event, Building Families of Hope, is in partnership with the nonprofit Casey Family Programs and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Mills College in Oakland.

The process of adopting children and youngsters from foster care, in addition to knowing the risks and joys of creating a family, will be discussed. Parents who have adopted will also share personal stories, organizers said. Workshops will include: child welfare and the courts, emotional and physical challenges of foster children and trans-racial adoption.

There are more than 56,000 children and young people in foster care statewide, but the adoption process can be complicated, organizers said. Through discussion, panels, and information sessions, the symposium will help guide people through the process, while dispelling some of the myths about children and youth in the foster care system and the system itself, organizers said.

Mills College is located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Parking is available.

Family Builders, which has served families for 36 years, has expertise in placing both older and LGBT youth.

Casey Family Programs is a foundation whose work is focused on reducing the need for foster care.

To register in advance, call Yvonne Beals at 510-272-0204 or email ybeals@familybuilders.org.

Reach Kristin J. Bender at kbender@byareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.