Foster Family Agency
The Foster Family Agency is the least restrictive, most home like, of our levels of residential care.
Beginning with the selection of foster families, we have several features that distinguish us from competitors. EA’s recruitment relies on word of mouth referrals from existing foster parents. This provides an initial level of screening. The screening process continues with in-depth interviews, fingerprint and child abuse index clearances, DMV printouts, and home safety inspections. We contact three references and freely solicit public input about prospective applicants. The screening is further aided by a set of practical child management situation questions, which are reviewed for adequacy and applicability.
Having passed the screening level, foster parents undergo a pre-service training program.
Training continues through EA sponsored group training and a State approved independent study program. A minimum of twelve hours of in-service training per year is required for each parent.
On a weekly basis, social workers come to the home to assess the child, provide guidance and support for parents, and insure the individual treatment plan developed for each child is followed. Social workers are available 24 hours a day to provide emergency assistance.
All social workers are expected to cover each other's caseload and to insure good service. Weekly case conferences are held by EA social workers.
The FFA program provides a variety of wraparound social services.
This means we coordinate, facilitate, and/or directly supply the family, child, and agencies with needed services. These services include a full range of residential care coverage, including medical and dental evaluation and treatment, counseling or mental health treatment, education, independent living skills, substance abuse programs and pregnancy prevention information.
We accept children from birth through age eighteen, who are able to function in a community setting. Besides a wide array of children with behavioral problems, we routinely admit those with a variety of obstacles, including those with developmental delays, pregnant and teen mothers with infants, and medically fragile children.
From our experience with screening methods since 1981, we have concluded:
Relying on the judgment of placement agencies is as good as, and often better than, interviews with the child.
Consequently, admission is usually arranged on the phone, offering immediate response to placement agencies. We have several people who regularly visit placement agencies when personal assessments are needed. We maintain enough flexibility to accommodate most unique placement requests.
Foster Family Offices:
756 East Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
2928 E St.
Eureka, CA 95501
525 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
100 Clinton Rd
Jackson, CA 95642
302 Lakeport Blvd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
525 W. Kettleman Lane
Lodi, CA 95240
623 C St.
Marysville, CA 95901
2050A Third St.
Oroville, CA 95965
4535 Missouri Flat Road Ste 1D
Placerville, CA 95667
455 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 3940
Quincy, CA 95971
1138 Shasta St.
Redding, CA 96001
4221 Northgate Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
265 W. St. Charles St.
San Andreas, CA 95249
2003 Main St.
Susanville, CA 96130
Tracy, CA 95376
600 Cottonwood St.,
Woodland, CA 95695
Who Are Foster Parents?
Foster parents are people who are
genuinely concerned about the well-being
of children and families. Foster parents
recognize that not all families have the
physical, intellectual, or emotional
resources to provide children with what
they need to grow into healthy, happy,
productive adults. Foster parents are
acutely aware of the crises, stresses and
social problems that result in the abuse
and neglect of children, or in the
adolescent behaviors of truancy, running
away, or unmanageability.
Foster parents are people, who represent
different ages, races, and income levels.
Foster parents may be married or single.
Many foster parents have biological or
adopted children living at home. Some
have never had children of their own, and
still others have raised their own children
to adulthood. There are foster parents
who go to your church, work with you, or
live in your neighborhood.
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What Do Foster Parents Do?
Foster parents are people who, having come
to understand all of these realities, choose
to become substitute families for these
children in need. Foster parents provide the
daily basics, including food, clothing, and
shelter, and the love, stability, guidance and
discipline that all children need. Foster
parents do all these things sometimes
knowing the children may only be with
them for a short time. Foster parents are
people who believe children are worthy of
their best efforts everyday.
Sometimes foster parents provide long-term
care when necessary, taking guardianship or
adopting children in their care.
How Do We Support Our Families?
It is our job to ensure you are fully supported while
foster parenting. We provide:
► weekly home visits by social work staff
► substantial financial reimbursement
► initial training and continuing education
► 24-hour support
► crisis intervention support services
What Are the Requirements?
The basic requirements for becoming a
foster parents generally include that you:
► are at least 21 years of age
► are in good physical and emotional
► have the skills, attitude, and stamina to
effectively deal with the behaviors and
feelings displayed by children
► have a non-punitive attitude and can
demonstrate a level of acceptance
toward parents of the children in care
► can work cooperatively with our staff
► are currently supporting yourself
► are accepting of the potential
temporary nature of foster care and can
help a child transition back to his
family or move on to a permanent
► have adequate room for a foster
child(ren) in your home
► have a good driving record
► have a clean criminal background or
are able to obtain an exemption