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 as many children as possible.
Drawbacks of Congregate Care
Youth who are placed in congregate care rather than living with a home-based caregiver tend to struggle at a higher rate. Those in congregate care drop out of high school more often than those in a foster home, for example, and they are also more likely to wind up involved with the juvenile justice system. The statistics make it clear that a home-based caregiver is the best option for these children, and Continuum of Care Reform strives to successfully place as many youths as can be accommodated.
The Right Support
In addition to finding every child a supportive family, Continuum of Care Reform is also focused on offering resources to those children without having to move them from one place to the next. Relocation is always hard on a child, so services will be available without taking the child out of the supportive place that he or she currently enjoys. Whether it is educational support, mental health services, trauma-informed training, or anything else needed for the child’s success, it should be available without disruption.
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.
Author: Children First FFA