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! 💕
Why is it important for foster/resource parents to share their stories? “We tell stories so we can find each other,” says storyteller and author Wendy Welch. “There 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 that’s burning a hole through you.” Read on here: http://ow.ly/ThwI50y8ysZ
And learn more about foster parenting at www.childrenfirstffa.com
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.
Now that the holidays are over, let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming 😉
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 bachelor’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
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