I was born in the mountains of Colorado. However, we moved to Yuba City, California when I was 11 and lived there until 18 when I joined the military. After joining the military, which included several leadership schools, I spent time working at the Pentagon. It was an exciting time as I worked in support of MIA / POW families. I also supported the congressmen on the Armed Services Committee, some of which were also on the Watergate committee.
After my military experience, I gained life experience by working in factories, mines and lumber mills in Colorado and California. I also attended college and, during my senior year, was asked to run the first medical model Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center at Memorial Hospital which later became Redding Medical Center.
During this time, as my wife and I were busy building our lives and our future, we realized that there was something missing and we wanted to have children in our lives. This is when we first considered becoming foster parents.
It took us over a year to make that decision. At first, we had to come to grips with the idea that opening up our home to children in need was “not about us but about them.” The thoughts of how we would enjoy having children in our home were replaced by what can we do for these children. Healing, love, and support are what these children needed from us!
Then, in December of 1995, God brought twin 7-year-old boys into the Logan household. What a blessing and what a challenge! However, we never questioned the decision we had made. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of our lives, and a great privilege to raise these children into adulthood.
Now, 18 years later, we see the fruits of the relationship we have with our children. They are both married and we have 4 grandchildren and one more on the way.
We have always thought of these children as “our own”, from the first morning we brought them home. It was a week before Christmas and it was a Christmas we will never forget.
It was from this experience that the idea of creating a foster family agency came about. As with all of my endeavors over the past 30 years, I wanted to “be involved with changing people’s lives”! So in 1999, I founded the Children First Foster Family Agency, followed by Children First Counseling Agency in 2007, and Lassen Counseling Agency in 2011.
In addition, I have also had the privilege of founding the first Christian Treatment Center for alcohol and drug addiction in Northern California, the first Immediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD-H), and I have served in several agencies that address the needs of children and adolescents. I currently serve in the leadership of my church and provide executive coaching for individuals who have asked for my guidance. Most recently, I was asked to become president of the board of directors for a nonprofit dedicated to the identification and cure of Kawasaki Disease.
My past, present, and future are deeply entwined with serving people, especially those in need and I am dedicated to helping them to a healthier, happier, quality of life.
“Respite care is a great way to help a child and other foster families. We have also found it is a great way to meet kids and to get to know a bit about them, it has introduced more cultural diversity to our home, and has aided us in teaching our biological children to be more tolerant and understanding of a wider range of backgrounds. Afterwards, if the FFA calls looking for a longer term placement of a child that we have had as a respite we can make a more informed decision as in regards to if they will be a good match with our home and family.”
Foster Parents, D. and A.
Every day hundreds of High School students wake up and don’t have a clean pair of clothes to wear or a winter coat. These are just a few of the needs among dozens of others that stand as barriers keeping these teens from fitting in and succeeding in High School.
We found that 1/3 of homeless adults were homeless as teens and never broke out of the cycle. In our area alone, we have over 300 high school students who don’t know where they will sleep each night, have had parents abandoned them, or who can’t get access to the things they need because they don’t have an adult who cares. When we realized just how severe this problem is, we took action to solve the immediate needs and prevent future homelessness among these teens.
OUR MISSION: Children First Foster Family Agency has been serving the needs of at-risk children for 18 years. As our agency has grown, our vision to increase the scope of services to children, including those outside the foster care system has also enlarged. After hearing about a surprisingly large number of High School students who are classified as homeless, we were compelled to act.
The Board of Directors at Children First elected to invest over $30,000 to create funding allowances for High Schools through Tehama, Shasta, and Siskiyou counties. We are actively soliciting private and corporate funds to include more schools and sustain the funding resources into the future.
We determined that on-campus High School counselors and administrative staff and have the best vantage point to identify youth who are experiencing extreme poverty or homelessness. We ask them to appraise the needs that are preventing students from participating fully in their High School educational, social and athletic opportunities, and communicate those needs to us; keeping the student’s identity anonymous.
The individual needs are considered among a funding council at Children First. They weigh the needs against funding balances for the school from which the request was made. Upon approval, the needed items are purchased, delivered to the school administration who then give the items to the students.
We don’t have storage to receive donated items, and we are working hard to get each student what they want in specifics of color and brand whenever possible, so financial donations are the best way to get these needs met. You can donate by clicking on the Donate button below. Select the high school you want your donation to benefit and make your check or credit card payment through the payment options provided. If you don’t have a specific high school in mind, just click “Wherever Needed” on the dropdown menu. You will receive an email confirming your tax deduction receipt for your donation.
Increase Awareness: You may know of a High School student who is struggling, couch-surfing, or appears to not have adults who are caring for them. Please contact your High School administration office and give them the student’s name, recommending them for assistance from the Solutions for Youth Fund. They will confidentially reach out to the student and see what can be done to help. Join us in this and help us secure their future!
Becoming a foster parent may be easier than you think. Families come in many shapes and sizes.
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