Foster Family Agencies Resources
By statute, FFAs are organized and operated on a non-profit basis and are engaged in the following activities: recruiting, certifying, and training foster parents, providing professional support to foster parents, and finding homes or other temporary or permanent placements for children who require more intensive care.
Our mission is to create a wholesome and safe environment for children, where they can have an opportunity to be restored to a more rewarding quality of life. Our goal is to effectively match the needs of each child in our care with appropriate placement in a nurturing home environment.
Phone: (916) 391-7789
Better Life Children Services is a Foster Family and Adoption Agency licensed by the State of California. Our professional staff is committed to helping children achieve permanence by engaging birth families, extended family members, community leaders and forever families who are prepared and willing to meet the needs of children who need out of home placement.
Phone: (916) 641-0661
Jefferson Fred Foster Family Agency is a privately held company in Sacramento, CA and is a Single Location business.
4600 47th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
Phone: (916) 429-9000
Items to consider when thinking of becoming a foster parent:
- Consider the needs and circumstances of the children in the foster care system.
- Evaluate the costs of being a foster parent.
- Appreciate the responsibilities of being a foster parent.
- Recognize the role of the state government and court system in foster parenting.
Foster Family Agencies
County placement agencies use licensed private Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) for the placement of children who require more intensive care as an alternative to group homes. By statute, FFAs are organized and operated on a non-profit basis and are engaged in the following activities: recruiting, certifying, and training foster parents, providing professional support to foster parents, and finding homes or other temporary or permanent placements for children who require more intensive care.
There are two types of FFA programs, “treatment foster care,” and “nontreatment foster care.” An agency providing treatment service to a child has determined that the child has service needs which: cannot be provided in an available family home, may require group home placement if the child was not referred to an FFA, and can be met by the program offered by the FFA to which the child is being referred. In contrast, a FFA providing nontreatment services certifies a home for placement of a child pending the adoption of the child by that family.
The “nontreatment” FFA does not provide treatment services. It provides for a child’s basic needs and may provide specialized care services in a “certified” family home if the following conditions are met: the placement agency has determined that the child has care needs greater than those of a normal foster child; and the placement county has a specialized care system. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has statutory responsibility for developing, implementing, and maintaining a rate setting system for FFAs receiving AFDC-FC funds.
The AFDC-FC rates vary by age group. For the purpose of determining FFA rates, CDSS regulations specify the purposes, types and services of FFAs. Currently, CDSS sets AFDC-FC rates for approximately 220 FFAs as of January 2015. The rates are organized into five age groupings and are established according to two different rate structures. The two FFA rate structures are designed to accommodate services provided under the two program types: Treatment and Nontreatment programs.