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Sometimes it's the small things in life that we take for granted.
Recently we were contacted by a school letting us know that one of their students was in need of a vacuum. This was an odd request so we dug a little deeper. We found out that this student's family had worked hard to get into an apartment, but once they were in, they realized the apartment had bed bugs. The school helped with that issue, but the family then couldn't keep up with cleaning as they couldn't afford a vacuum.

The Solutions for Youth Fund was happy to help with this and received the following response from the student: "I'm happy that I'm finally able to clean up properly and get rid of the bed bugs in my room that have been bothering me." We couldn't help students like this without the support of our community. There are several ways you can make a donation. You can go to www.solutionsforyouth.org, mail a check to P.O. Box 950, Red Bluff, CA 96080 (with a note that it is for the Solutions for Youth Fund), or use Amazon Smile when making Amazon purchases here: http://ow.ly/k0he50yqLyU

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Happy Monday! We love starting off our week by recognizing the hard workers here at Children First. Our employee spotlight this week is Caitlin!

Caitlin has been with Children First since 2013. She was promoted to Regional Director in 2018 and has been a strong and innovative leader. Caitlin has a giving heart and a gracious spirit. Her kindness shines through the work she does with the children and families we serve in Siskiyou County. Caitlin is a team player who goes out of her way to support and care for her colleagues. We are proud to have her as a part of our Children First Family. Please join us in celebrating her today!

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Thank you to Miss Jocelyn for donating 3 large bags of brand new stuffed animals to local foster children! Jocelyn worked hard doing bake sales and several other fundraisers to be able to purchase these stuffed animals for foster children. Please join us in thanking such a selfless act! ๐Ÿ’•

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It's Parenting Tip Tuesday with a tip from https://www.geckoandfly.com/ !

For more tips and information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

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It's Parenting Tip Tuesday with a tip from https://www.geckoandfly.com/ !

For more tips and information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

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Why is it important for foster/resource parents to share their stories? โ€œWe tell stories so we can find each other,โ€ says storyteller and author Wendy Welch. โ€œThere are two reasons to tell a story. One is to find like-minded people who need information that only you can share. The other reason is to release the story thatโ€™s burning a hole through you.โ€ Read on here: http://ow.ly/ThwI50y8ysZ

And learn more about foster parenting at www.childrenfirstffa.com

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The Solutions for Youth Fund helps homeless teens in our area with necessary daily items which improve quality of life. Here is a recent response we received:

Q: In what ways did this gift help you?
A: "It helped me save money I needed for food so I didn't have to use it on clothes."
Q: Could you describe how you feel since receiving this gift?
A: "Warmer, happier, less stressed honestly"
Q: What is one thing you feel would help you succeed in high school?
A: "I feel like all kids going through something should have support groups to help and fundraisers for more less fortunate."
Q: Do you have any other need(s) you have not mentioned?
A: "Help managing bills and adult life." To find out how you can help these youth, visit www.solutionsforyouth.org today.

#homeless #homelessyouth #homelessteens #norcal #solutionsforyouthfund
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It's Parenting Tip Tuesday with a tip from https://www.geckoandfly.com/ !

For more tips and information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

#parentingtiptuesday #fosterfamily #fosteragency #fosterchild #childrenfirstffa
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It's Parenting Tip Tuesday with a tip from https://www.geckoandfly.com/ !

For more tips and information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

#parentingtiptuesday #fosterfamily #fosteragency #fosterchild #childrenfirstffa
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Now that the holidays are over, let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is Feel-Good Friday! Read on for you foster care story of the week!

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: FROM FOSTER CARE TO YALE "Of the nearly 400,000 youth in foster care, less than a quarter will go on to obtain a bachelorโ€™s degree, and less than 5 percent will go on to earn an advanced degree. Half of all foster care youth will be incarcerated before the age of 25 and experience homelessness, unemployment, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or some form of undiagnosed clinical depression. So for any of us to find the audacity to get over the fact that our mother left us in the hospital and our relatives did not want to keep us, or our mother beat us because we grew up to look just like our father and hated our father because we were the product of his raping her, or that she somehow thought it was acceptable to send us back to school the next day after having beat us with her bare hands, it takes a hell of an attitude for us to say after all of that, 'I can still be something, I can still defy the odds, and I understand my parents and love me anyway.' "

Read more of Rodney Walker's story about overcoming adversity here: http://ow.ly/ODu550xW44a

And learn more about becoming a mentor home for teens at www.childrenfirstffa.com

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Facts and Myths About Foster Care:

Myth: I need to be rich to be a foster parent or adopt.

Fact: Foster parents come from all income levels. The cost to adopt from foster care are minimal and a lot of them are reimbursed by the state.

Myth: I have to be married to be a foster parent.

Fact: Foster parents can be married, single, widowed or divorced.

Myth: I can't be a foster parent if I work full time.

Fact: Foster parents can work full time, part time, be retired or stay at home.

Myth: I have to own a home to be a foster parent.

Fact: Foster parents can be renters or homeowners, live in an apartment or a home.

Myth: Each foster child needs a room of their own.

Fact: Foster children only require a bed of their own.

Myth: I have no control over which children I'm asked to foster.

Fact: While you cannot choose the specific children you foster, you can specify an age range and gender you prefer. Children over the age of 10 and sibling groups are the children most in need.

To find out more about foster care, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

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The Solutions for Youth Fund helps homeless and at-risk teens by providing necessary items to help them through their time in high school. Teens stay anonymous, but we do receive responses from them through the school counselors. Here is one such response: "This helps me by my caregiver not having to worry so much about buying me clothes since she already has other children to tend to. It also helps my homeless mother so she doesn't need to worry about my needs.

I fell down due to money and living situation, but decided to pick myself up because I want better for myself." To find out more about the Solutions for Youth Fund, visit www.solutionsforyouth.org

#helphomelessyouth #childrenfirstffa #homeless #homelesskids
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It's Parenting Tip Tuesday with a tip from https://www.geckoandfly.com/ !

For more tips and information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com

#parentingtiptuesday #fosterfamily #fosteragency #fosterchild #childrenfirstffa
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Ryan started working with us in June of 2017 as a temp employee. He was deemed a necessity and became a full time employee in August of the same year. Ryan has improved the branding quality of the Bike Drive, Bright Future Fun Run, and Other programs here at CF. He is always looking to make the jobs of other easier and completed quicker. He is a great asset to Children First so please help us to celebrate Ryan! ...

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Thank you Minnie Spyres for this wonderful review. The truth is, we couldn't do any of this without heroes to these children, like you. "I have quietly contemplated on the idea of becoming a foster parent for years but uncertainties prevented me from moving forward. Fears like "Is a single parent enough? Do I have the space? Will I still be able to show up for my own kids? What if I make mistakes? How will I know what to do when I'm faced with new challenges?" and on and on.
A friend of mine who is a resource parent, suggested that I look into becoming one because he felt that I had valuable qualities that would serve me and the kids well. He highly recommended Children First because of their "endless support and resources to help your family thrive." So I filled out the quick response form from their website and the journey began.
The staff that I have worked with are incredibly encouraging, honest, inclusive, and supportive. If they know that children will flourish in your care, they will do cartwheels and backflips to make that become a reality. It takes a strong and supportive community for the children and your family to thrive. As I continue my journey, I'm learning more about the agency and their expanding and seemingly endless resources. They are undoubtedly passionate about this mission and I feel so blessed to be a part of their team. I'm especially thankful for Robin for passionately sharing and demonstrating the agency's vision. Her enthusiasm is contagious, beware! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you're contemplating like I was or if you're looking for an enriched, thriving agency/community to pursue opportunities to serve our foster youth, visit their website and fill out the quick questionnaire, give them a call, or pop by one of their offices. And did you know that becoming a resource family is only one of many ways to provide support? I didn't. Take the first initiative and learn more." www.childrenfirstffa.com

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New Year's Resolutions are TOUGH!

How often have made a New Year's resolution only for it to fail within the first month, or even the first week? Instead of making another resolution this year, why not make a goal? Make it a huge goal! You may think you wont reach it, but people often underestimate what they can accomplish in a year.
To complete your goal, make a plan. Set out a timeline for each month on how you are going to reach your goal. Make your daily/weekly tasks around the goal. Then and only then will you complete your goal.

Happy New Year!

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Have a happy and safe holiday from our Children First Foster Family Agency to yours! ๐ŸŽ„

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Merry Christmas from our Children First Foster Family Agency to yours! ๐ŸŽ„

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4 Ways to Make Holidays Better for Kids
from the Child Mind Institute at
http://ow.ly/hrou50xGUBR

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โ€œI cannot express how grateful the young lady was who received your generous donation. She literally cried tears of joy when she looked at her new jeans, shoes and other items. "It's better than Christmas...better than my last 5 Christmas's all together. Thank you so much!" Her hope is that by wearing shoes that don't have holes in them, and having cute clothes that look the same as what her peers wear, it will help her avoid being teased and allow her to fit in. The grocery card is going to help out with issues at home as well. We know that she gets breakfast and lunch here through our food services, but dinner and weekends she often goes without. This will help with some of that food insecurity, and hopefully allow her get some nutrition in her to allow her to focus on school more than the issues at home.
Thank you so much for all you do!โ€ This is just one of many responses like it from the homeless and at-risk teens we are able to help in the Northstate through the Solutions for Youth Fund. More teens need your help! We are receiving requests almost daily for youth who are in need of basic items which help them through their high school careers.

To learn more or to donate, please visit www.solutionsforyouth.org or drop off at our Children First offices located at:

590 Antelope Blvd. Bldg B20
Red Bluff, CA 96080

2608 Victor Ave. Unit A
Redding, CA 96002

490 So. Broadway
Yreka, CA 96097

The cycle of homelessness can end, but it starts with help from community members like YOU!

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