Year Three, 1989/1990, was a year of “proving ourselves” and taking the vital steps necessary to see “Therapeutic Foster Care” become a reality. As Jim Roberts writes, “[FCNI’s] purpose from the beginning has been to stabilize foster youth so they can move quickly to some permanent status, (i.e., family reunification, relative placement, adoptions, guardianship or self-sufficiency).” In order to see care transformed to accomplish this critical goal, FCNI again sought out its strong county partners, and the following people were essential in this joint efforts: Kim Barrett, Probation Supervisor who eventually became Chief; Susan Fuller, Social Services Principal Division Manager; John Garoogian, Social Services Manager; Holly Geibel (Garcia), Social Services Supervisor; and DSS Social Worker, Marilyn Stein. Please click below to read about the beginning seeds of Therapeutic Foster Care in SLO County as FCNI started to make its indelible mark in our community.
FCNI at a Glance
Number of Programs
Children, Youth and Families Served
State of the State
One Fifth of Children in Poverty
In 1989, a fifth of California’s children were living in poverty, and a third of them did not graduate from high school.
Polling in California
California polls showed that voters were aware that California's child welfare system was in desperate need of reform.
Statewide Movement and Advocacy
Statewide, there was a growing movement to develop a statewide program of in-home preventative services for families at risk of abuse and neglect; and it was thought that this preventative service would less expensive than current projections of rapidly rising foster care expenses.
Most Children Not Getting the Services They Needed
An estimated 70 to 80% of emotionally disturbed children across the state were getting inappropriate mental health services or no services at all.