Golden State Family Services – Foster Family & Adoption Agency
Mar 03, 2018 11:00AM
By Enjoy Magazine
“There is no such thing as a bad kid.” This is the philosophy of Golden State Family Services, which believes strongly that while kids can make poor choices, they can stop and begin again if given an opportunity, structure and loving support. This nonprofit, state-licensed foster family and non-custodial adoption agency embraces children who have been removed from their homes and are experiencing related emotional and psychological difficulties. Golden State provides these children and adolescents with therapeutic, healing foster home environments.
This organization’s goal is to help all children learn how to make better life decisions and to learn the independent living skills that are important for a successful transition to adulthood. This happens through a variety of trainings and programs that provide cognitive therapy through activities that build social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Activities include cooking, recreational sports, field trips, money management, community service and guest speakers. The mission of these groups is to empower youth to take an active interest in their own welfare as well as enacting change in the community.
Golden State Family Services not only works with children, but also prepares and educates resource parents for the foster care experience. They offer supportive counseling, case management services and continued guidance tailored around the individual needs of the parent and/or child. For prospective adoptive parents, Golden State Family Services helps with the required Structured Analysis Family Evaluation home study process, helping them move through the adoptive process more efficiently.
The organization’s primary goal is to find healthy, permanent homes for the state’s special needs children who are waiting in the foster care program.•
Tulare location: 1206 South O St. • (559) 687-1173
Fresno location: 4285 N. Valentine Ave. • (559) 241-0955