During FCNI’s second year, the agency saw tremendous growth due to ongoing creative collaborations. But challenges were building–we needed more foster homes to meet increasing needs of local children but we didn’t have the resources to help us recruit them. We also needed more staff to help with increasing work in caring for more children and certifying more homes, and a larger office space from which to provide it all. In Year Two: A Fledgling, FCNI saw foster parents become recruiters to help increase foster homes, which in turn helped us provide care for nearly 40 local children (that’s almost double our Year One!); we hired an exceptional group of core staff members, some of whom would become vital in the development of future agency programs; and we miraculously secured office space which would serve as our home for almost 15 years!
Year Two saw growth, growth and more growth.
FCNI at a Glance[list icon=”moon-people”][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Employees” desc=”8″][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Number of Programs” desc=”2″][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Children, Youth and Families Served” desc=”114″][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Success Rate” desc=”91%”][/list]
State of the State[list icon=”moon-library”][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”California Youth Connection” desc=”In 1988 California Youth Connection is born (http://www.calyouthconn.org/), a statewide youth advocacy organization to involve current and former foster youth in the process of improving foster care and educating the public and policymakers about their unique needs and issues. “][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Foster Care Length of Stay” desc=”Between 1987 and 1989, the average length of time a child spent in foster care increased 33%– from 15 months to 20 months.
“][list_item style=”titledesc” title=”Foster Care Needs Increase” desc=”The number of children in California under age five in foster care increased 120% between 1983 and 1988–from 10,000 to 22,000″][/list]