programs and services

Foster Care is a protective service provided to children in custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services.  It provides substitute, temporary care (e.g., foster family home, residential care facility, etc.) for a planned period of time when a child must be separated from his or her own parents or relatives.

Adopting a child from foster care is a great way to help a child while growing your family.   Today there are more than 100,000 children and youth in foster care who are waiting for the love and security that a permanent home provides.
Respite is a much-needed service to fostering families.  It allows foster parents to take a break, which helps prevent burn out.  Respite offers birth children of the foster home quality time with their parents.  It also gives the foster children a break. Hopefully, the foster children will be spending a weekend with other foster children; children they can relate to.

our goal

Our highest priority is to match these children and youth in state custody with nurturing families with the proper resources to provide a sage and supportive environment.  Foster families come in all varieties, including single parent, same sex, blended families and mixed race.  Each year more than 26,000 youth turn 18 without ever having families to call their own.  At Crescent City Youth, our job is to find, prepare and support the right family, the right family, the right fit, for each child in the state's care.

placement preferences

When a child enters state custody we work tirelessly to find a foster placement, and eventually a permanent placement with a nurturing family.  It's in the best interest of the child to either safely reunify them with their family, or find a relative/kinship placement with extended family, or familiar face, such as a coach or a teacher, within their community. Our priority is to keep siblings together whenever possible.