Families For Children
provides the following services in Los Angeles County:
Families For Children
is a foster family treatment agency. We recruit, train and certify foster
parents. FFC has trained and certified hundreds of foster parents. We
provide relevant, results based training that gives the foster parent
hands on tools to work with abused and neglected children. FFC recognizes
the importance of foster parent support. Foster parenting, while ultimately
rewarding, can be challenging. We support our foster parents through on-going
in-service training, special recreational events, and a personally assigned
Creating a permanent,
safe home for an abused and neglected child is the desired outcome of
foster care. Our training prepares parents for both foster care and adoption.
Our challenge is to identify and train families that will adopt sibling
groups and older children. Adoptive parents receive a permanent financial
stipend for children they adopt.
FFC offers the most
current training curriculum for foster care and adoption. In addition
we have specialized training modules that cover specific areas such as
sexual acting out, discipline, school intervention, drug abuse and more.
Our mental health agency
provides on-site and in-home therapeutic services for foster children,
foster and adoptive parents and birth parents.
Many of our children
have serious educational deficits as a result of the emotional trauma
of being separated from their family of origin. FFC has a dedicated team
of volunteers that are trained to understand the special needs of our
Creating and preserving
families is vital to fulfilling the mission of Families For Children.
We provide intensive in-home counseling, Spanish and English Speaking
Parenting, Substitute Adult Role Modeling, Youth and Adult Anger Management,
Child Focused Activities and support services to families identified by
the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as high-risk
for child abuse and neglect.
FFC offers our adolescent
youth a unique growth experience called Adventure Based Counseling (ABC).
ABC is a therapeutic tool that is a mixture of experiential learning,
outdoor education, group counseling and intrapersonal exploration. With
the financial support of caring individuals and businesses FFC provides
an annual 4-day winter workshop in Big Bear, CA. In addition to sessions
on goal setting, team building, anger management and motivational exercises,
the youth are given the opportunity to experience something unique in
their damaged lives; they learn how to ski. The joy and sense of wonder
on the faces of these children is beyond description. The program is funded
primarily through private donations.
Many of our foster
children are teenagers that are nearing adulthood. As a result of being
in the foster care system most of their lives, they are not prepared for
the challenges and responsibility of life after foster care. FFC's Independent
Living Skills program gives our children the tools they will need to thrive
in a post foster care world.