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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…



Foster Parent Spotlight: The Joys and Pains of Being A Resource Family

by Children First FFA

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Foster Family in Siskiyou County | A letter from the Akana family: Hi everyone! We’re the Akanas, and we’re a foster family in Siskiyou County. We’ve been with the Children First Foster Family Agency for about 7 years now. My husband (who just retired from the county last year), our daughter (who lives with us…



Adoption Home Study | How to Save $10,000 on Your Home Study for Adoption

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adoption home study

Adoption Home Study | If you are just getting started in the adoption process, you may quickly be realizing just how expensive it can be. In addition to many other costs, an adoption home study can set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000. That’s a lot of money, and it can make adoption…



Housing for Former Foster Youth | What Happens After Leaving Foster Care?

by Children First FFA

Housing for Former Foster Youth

Housing for Former Foster Youth | The need for the foster care program is obvious, as it provides an opportunity for children without safe or stable family lives to grow and develop. However, children don’t stay young forever, and those kids will be vulnerable when they turn 18 and exit the foster program. With that…



Foster Care Requirements in Siskiyou County | How to Help Children in Foster Care Who Have Experienced Abuse and Neglect

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Foster Care Requirements in Siskiyou County

Foster Care Requirements in Siskiyou County | In a perfect world, all children would be raised in a comfortable, loving environment. Unfortunately, that’s not real life, and some kids are abused and neglected from a very young age. This is nothing short of a tragedy, and many people desire to step in and offer help.…



Foster Care Adoption Shasta County | How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Child from Foster Care?

by Children First FFA

Foster Care Adoption Shasta County

Foster Care Adoption Shasta County | If you are considering becoming a resource parent, one of the first things you’ll learn about the foster care program is that the primary goal is reunification. The system wants to bring children back together with their biological families, when at all possible. That is not always going to…



Homeless Former Foster Youth | How Transitional Housing is Preventing Homelessness

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Homeless Former Foster Youth

Homeless Former Foster Youth | High rates of homeless former foster youth are often reported in the foster care system – which is unfortunate, but reality. It feels like a failure of the system when former foster youth are not able to transition into successful, secure adult life. Fortunately, steps are being taken to improve…



THP Plus Requirements | Understanding the THP Plus Requirements

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THP Plus Requirements

THP Plus Requirements | About 25,000 older youth “age out” of foster care each year without a permanent family to support them. The THP Plus program is a great option for young adults trying to make a smooth transition into their independent lives. However, only certain individuals are eligible for this program, which is why…



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