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Foster Care Services



Overview:

Serving Northern California since 1989, Families For Children is a private, non-profit Foster Care and Adoption Agency licensed by the State of California. Our Master's level Social Workers have many years of combined experience in child and family services and we take pride in the services we provide to foster parents and the children in their care. Families For Children is dedicated to working closely with our foster parents as a team of professionals in caring for children.

We offer a full range of support services to our foster parents, including:

We understand that the foster parenting process can be overwhelming. Families For Children pledges that our staff will competently assist you from your first call or visit with care, support, courtesy and professionalism.

If you'd like to take the first step or have additional questions, please Contact Us to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one orientation meeting.

About the Children in Foster Care:

There are nearly 80,000 children in the foster care system in California, many of whom have been abused and/or neglected, and are in need of the stable, loving home environment that foster parents can provide.

These children range in age from newborn to mid-teens and include various ethnic backrounds including Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander and mixed races. We will ask you which ages and ethnicities you are most comfortable with and Families For Children's social workers and county placement workers will work as a team to provide the best possible matches between foster families and children.


How the Foster Care Process Works:

Families For Children educates, performs home studies and certifies Foster Families in accordance with California state law. During the home study process, we work with you as a team to identify foster children that would be a good match for your family situation based on a variety of factors. Families For Children will conduct the home study process in a way that will allow you to go through a phase of self-discovery and self-study rather than an investigative process on the part of the agency. For more information on certification, please see the Foster Parent Certification Process.

Foster children are referred to us for placement in our foster homes by County Social Workers from many California counties. These children, many of whom have been abused and/or neglected, are in need of a stable, loving home environment that foster parents can provide.

Reimbursement:

Foster parents receive a monthly reimbursement starting at $860 to cover housing, food, clothing and other expenses while the child is in their care. All of the child's medical expenses are covered by Medi-Cal.

Costs to foster parents are limited to LiveScan fees and CPR/First Aid costs which are reimbursed when you are certified. The only other costs are a DMV printout, routine physical, T.B. test, and any items needed to get your home ready to pass the Home Safety Check.

"Special Needs":

The term "special needs" is somewhat misleading, because it brings to mind severe physical or emotional disabilities. With foster children, special needs most commonly means that the child is older, a minority, requires placement with his/her siblings or has a minor speech or learning delay. While some children are dealing with major physical or emotional concerns, just like other children, they need the nurturing and support that a family can provide.
Many foster children are in the "system" because their birth parents weren't protective and nurturing caretakers, not due to the faults of the children.

Description of Services Provided:

Foster care services are provided by Master's level social workers.

Services include weekly or bi-weekly in-home supervision and counseling, bi-annual Needs & Service Plans and quarterly evaluation reviews. Services also include, but are not limited to, family counseling, development of community resources, treatment planning and facilitation, educational planning and development, clinical development, and individual child assessment. Extensive coordination with the county Social Worker continues throughout the placement period.
Community services are utilized for children who had prenatal exposure to drugs, were sexually abused, or are developmentally or physically delayed. Networking with local community resources adds the additional support of other professionals in the family's home area by providing appropriate educational, neurological and psychiatric evaluations.

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