Happy Monday! We're continuing with #FosterCareMonth and today we wanted to touch on advocating for the youth in our care.
"Youth in foster care often have experienced abuse, neglect, chaotic living situations, and placement (sometimes several homes) away from their families. Their histories can lead to complicated emotions and behaviors, and many experience trauma. While youth can heal, often it will take small steps over time with stability, supports, and services." -childwelfare.gov
Children First support our youth through our in-house counseling center, Lassen Counseling Services, our dedicated social worker team, in-home support services staff, and top-of-the-line training for foster families. Knowing what to look for and advocating for the best quality of care is our standard.
It's important to understand that no two people and no two cases are alike. What resource may work for one child, might not work for another. Advocating for the youth in our care is especially important in foster care when so many different factors play into their lives.
Learn how you can help at www.childrenfirstffa.com
Happy Monday! We hope you had a great weekend. Continuing with #FosterCareMonth, we are providing information and tips on foster care in the U.S. and our local communities.
In addition to supporting brain development, encouraging young people to be active participants in planning their own lives supports the development of leadership skills, improves self-esteem, and helps form critical social connections.
At Children First, young people in our care have a host of supports including a dedicated social worker who will see the youth a minimum of 3 times a month. An in-home support specialist for those who need additional resources, and our foster parents have access to a plethora of online and in-person trauma-informed training.
It is more critical than ever for communities to work together in identifying the right mix of supports to establish meaningful connections for children and youth in care.
Take some time this month to consider how all of us working to support youth can help them find their voice, develop leadership skills, improve their self-esteem, and shift foster care to a system that truly supports families.
There are over 423,000 children and youth in foster care and over 60,000 of those are in California.
Children First has offices in Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou, and now Yuba/Sutter counties. The children in our care not only come from these counties, but we also receive calls to place children from all over the state.
Stay tuned this month to learn more about how foster care affects communities and how you can help!
Be ready to see some BLUE 💙 on your newsfeed during the month of May as we honor and celebrate #FosterCareMonth ! We'll spend some time sharing stories, showing statistics, and giving ideas on how you can help.
Intensive Services Foster Care serves children and youth who have complex needs that require more support than standard foster care. ISFC uses a team approach to treatment with the ISFC foster parent(s) being vital members of the treatment team, all of whom are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of the child to be a foster parent.
Children First Foster Family Agency is dedicated to improving the lives of ISFC children. To find out more and how you can help, visit https://childrenfirstffa.com/isfc/
The COVID pandemic has made it especially hard to get together with our community partners to thank them for supporting us during the Christmas holiday season of 2019, so they came to us! We would like to thank, Debbie Cook Simmons, Makaylie Cook and a special thanks to all of the members of Tehama County 4H for their assistance during our annual foster parent Christmas party. The amazing group of people that you see worked extremely hard throughout our night to allow us to celebrate our foster parents, children, employees and their families! We wanted to give a special thanks to our youngest volunteer, Astoria Dopp. At only 5 years old, Astoria assisted in our play room the entire night and if you have ever been to one of our Christmas parties, you will know that is the busiest room in the building! Well done Astoria! Children First is appreciative of your hard work and dedication to helping your community and we look forward to partnering with you again this year!...
"What about high school juniors and seniors who are missing SATs, AP classes, college visits, proms and more. They’re really stressed and upset. What can parents do? The first thing is to acknowledge their feelings, but not let them go too far. As we think about the future, it gets really, really scary. As the losses are incurred, we need to turn our attention to how those circumstances make them feel. “This is happening and it’s not ideal and it’s not what we planned for.” All we can do is look to their emotions." Read more about helping teens through quarantine here: http://ow.ly/KJuG50z74mV
Help your kids correctly wash their hands! 👉4 steps to clean hands👈
1. Get wet and soapy. Get your hands wet in clean water. ... 2. Rub. Rub rub rub your soapy hands together long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” in your head twice. ... 3. Rinse. Hold your hands under clean, running water. ... 4. Shake and dry. Shake your hands a few times, then dry them with a clean towel or hand dryer.
"You're the BEST! Our little student was so grateful and humbled by how his request was filled with wonderful clothes! When I told him of the review, he didn't even care to stay anonymous, but I told him that was your policy. As soon as we can be all back together, I will get him in my office to fill in the review. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!" -Red Bluff High School Employee
This is one of many emails we have received telling of the gratefulness of teens who receive the necessary items to help them get through high school. If you would like to learn more about the Solutions for Youth Fun, please visit www.solutionsforyouth.org
Feedback like this is what keeps us motivated! 🛑BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS🛑
Small helpful actions can lead to huge actions in life. With that in mind, Solutions for Youth Fund is dedicated to creating an even playing field for homeless and at-risk teens in the Northstate. Find out how you can help at www.solutionsforyouth.org
Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers.
Children First staff is well trained in Trauma-Informed Care. To learn more, visit www.childrenfirstffa.com
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
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!
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! 💕