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Help homeless kids | You Don’t Have to Be a Foster Parent to Help Homeless Kids

by Children First FFA

Help homeless kids

The importance of helping homeless children is obvious. Many children are placed in nearly impossible situations during their youth, and the outcome of those situations can leave the children out on the street without a place to live. If you feel compelled to help homeless kids but are not in a position to serve as…



Managing Holiday Emotions & Stress

by Children First FFA

holiday stress

What can holiday stress look like? For a mixture of reasons, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year for children as well as adults.  Intensified feelings of loss, separation, everyday stress, obligations, financial burden, social commitments, travel commitments, and grief are common links to the stress and emotions experienced during the holiday…



Transitional Housing Program Plus | The Importance of Education, Career, and Adventure

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Transitional Housing Program Plus

Transitional Housing Program Plus Transitional Housing Program Plus | The Transitional Housing Program is an important piece of the puzzle for many foster youth who are moving into adulthood. These youth often do not have mentorship and can fall through the cracks. They can end up in situations less than ideal. Our social workers become…



Transitional Housing Sutter County | Director’s Corner

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Transitional Housing Sutter County

Director’s Corner Transitional Housing Sutter County | Have I told you, this transitional housing program (THP) changes more lives than any other program I have participated in? That’s bold to say considering my 25 years of helping foster children. Did you know that many of our participants come to us without knowing or having basic…



Continuum of Care Reform | Providing Resources & Support to Maintain a Stable Permanent Family

by Children First FFA

Continuum of Care Reform

Continuum of Care Reform | A stable home life is one of the key factors in a child’s development. Without a safe and supportive place to call home, it is difficult for children to reach their potential. Through Continuum of Care Reform, the state of California is striving to provide a stable family environment for…



Transitional Housing Red Bluff CA | A Second Chance For Foster Youth

by Children First FFA

Transitional Housing Red Bluff CA

Transitional Housing Red Bluff CA | I have been asked many times by both surprised county social workers and youth THP participants, “Why do you give a second chance?” and have heard statements like, “You can just put in a discharge notice on the youth, you don’t have to put up with this.” But we…



Foster Care for Teens | What do Teens Want from Foster Parents?

by Children First FFA

Foster Care for Teens

Foster Care for Teens | As a resource parent, you can face many challenging situations. Of course, helping children in difficult situations keep their life on track is probably what attracted you to be a resource parent in the first place. Providing foster care for teens can be particularly tough, but exceptionally rewarding, as well.…



Aging Out of Foster Care | What Happens After Leaving Foster Care?

by Children First FFA

Aging Out of Foster Care

Aging Out of Foster Care | The foster care system is designed to care for children who do not have a stable, steady, or safe family life. While the system is largely successful in serving this mission, it is limited in what it can do for those individuals once they turn 18. Aging out of…



Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children | 5 Facts About Human Trafficking

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children | Human trafficking is a huge, international crisis. The topic of commercial sexual exploitation of children and other human trafficking crimes doesn’t seem to get the same attention as other human rights issues, but it is a major problem nonetheless. To highlight the serious nature of this issue, let’s look…



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