This month we're excited to feature our Transitional Housing Program Director Anna Garrison for our leadership spotlight! Originally from Nevada County, CA, Anna had several experiences early in life that contributed to her success with EA. Read on to learn more about how she found her way to EA Family Services, her advice to those interested in working with foster youth, and more!

Our employee of the month is our wonderful Office Manager, Kitty Cannon! Prior to her position with EA Family Services, Kitty worked at Macy's for twenty years. Seeking a job closer to home that would allow her to spend more time with family, she joined the EA team. Read on to learn more about Kitty! What originally made you want to work with EA Family Services? 

  "Change is the end result of all true learning." - Leo Buscaglia

The holiday season can be stressful, particularly for youth in foster care. With that in mind, we thought we'd provide a helpful roundup of tips for foster parents, fun Christmas crafts for kids, and a list of resources for those looking to give back this holiday season.  Holiday Tips for Foster Parents

Our November employee of the month is Jeanne Harvey! Prior to her current position with us as a FFA Social Worker, Jeanne worked for Tuolumne and Amador CPS for several years. Through her position with CPS, she was able to build a relationship with EA, particularly Office Manager Rhonda Evans and Social Worker Jennifer Gilliam.  "As a placement worker I always opted to use EA homes, as they provided a high level of professionalism, welcoming foster homes, and assistance with transportation and visitation."  

Deally Curran, one of our amazing Social Worker Supervisors here at EA Family Services, is our choice for November's Leadership Spotlight! Although she experienced some difficult times early in life, she found strength and solace from the support of her parents.  "My parents always taught me to work hard and never give up. I believe no matter how hard our past might have been, we can always rise above and start again." 

The choice to become a foster parent is an important one, deserving of serious consideration. Obviously there are many legal qualifications, but the less tangible elements, while not usually as heavily discussed, are equally deserving of reflection. And while the legal requirements vary from one state to another, consistency can definitely be found when it comes to qualities that make for an excellent foster parent.  Qualities of an Excellent Foster Parent

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness." - Desmond Tutu

View our upcoming events!

Interested in what's on the horizon for EA Family Services? Below you'll find a roundup of events we're hosting or participating in during the months of November and December. Check back often, we'll be adding new listings to this post over time! October 22 - November 9Tracy Office Fundraiser December 1 68th Annual Christmas Parade December 1

"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience." - Paulo Coelho