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

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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?

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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?

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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

by Children First FFA

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

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foster family in Siskiyou County

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

by Children First FFA

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?

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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.…



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