EMQ/Families First

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Mission Statement

We do whatever it takes to help children, strengthen families, build community,
and advocate for systems change…to ensure that our families thrive.

FamiliesFirst is a private, non-profit foster care and adoption agency that has been in existence since 1974. We have a local Modesto office, as well as seven other offices serving over 30 California counties. Almost daily, we receive calls from Child Protective Services with requests to help them place children who can’t safely live at home due to abuse and neglect. These children have suffered great trauma, and need a safe and nurturing environment in which to heal and learn to cope with their situation. Some will return home after a period of time, and can certainly use loving support through that process. Many others will not be able to return to their birth families, and will need a new family to adopt them.

We enjoy working with both singles and couples, from all backgrounds, to help prepare them for the journey of being foster and adoptive parents. The greatest need is families who will take in sibling groups of three or more, children with medical or developmental needs, and those who will embrace older children from ages 10 through 20. Yes, 20! There was a law passed in 2012, that now allows foster youth to receive extended care after the age of 18, which is a huge blessing! Most of these foster youth, or “non-minor dependents” as they are officially called, are not even close to being ready, financially or emotionally, to venture out into the world alone as soon as they turn 18. These young adults require guidance and mentorship as they transition to independent living.

Any family regardless of age, gender, race, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is able to foster or adopt a foster child or teen.

Call now to talk to someone about foster parenting: (877) 488-KIDS (5437), or email your information to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Visit our webpage at www.emqff.org to find out more.


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