Agency Fact Sheet

Sierra Forever Families is a non-profit public benefit corporation with the IRS designation of a 501(c)3 organization governed by its Board of Directors. Sierra is licensed by the State of California and is a fully accredited member of the California Alliance for Child and Family Services.

Sierra is licensed to provide foster care and adoption services in in twelve counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. These services are offered from centers in Auburn, Nevada City and Sacramento. Sierra also provides post-adoption services to rural Northern California counties at one California Department of Social Services site in Chico.

Facts & Statistics

  • Founded in 1983, Sierra Forever Families has placed more than 3,500 children in permanent homes.
  • Sierra has three offices: Sacramento, Auburn and Nevada City and a satellite office in Chico for Post-Adoption services to rural counties. With nearly 70 staff, Sierra is licensed to serve families in 12 Northern California counties including Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba and in 2012 provided services to more than 728 children.
  • Sierra has an annual budget of $5 million, and 20% of Sierra’s annual revenues come from financial support from the community.
  • On average, it costs Sierra Forever Families $5,000 to place a foster child into a permanent home with additional support from county and state funding.
  • 57 youth emancipated from Sacramento County foster care in 2012, of these 82% were unemployed and 50% did not graduate from high school.
  • Research shows that more than 70% of youths who are aging out of foster care plan to attend college – but only between 2% and 5% complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Society pays a huge cost because of child abuse and neglect. A recent study by Prevent Child Abuse America estimated that nationally, the U.S. spends more than $33 billion in direct costs resulting from abuse and neglect and another $70 billion because of secondary, long-term results of abuse or neglect, such as special education, juvenile delinquency, adult criminality, and lost productivity.
  • It costs an average of about $47,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in prison in California (source: California Legislative Analyst’s Office).
  • It costs taxpayers on average between $26,000 and $113,000 to keep a child in foster care for one year. By finding them a family or permanent connection, tax dollars will not be needed to house children in the foster care system.

Awards & HonorsCouncil on Accredition

Sierra Forever Families is proud to announce the achievement of national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation means that our organization’s programs, services, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards.

  • 1999 Presidential Adoption Excellence Award
  • 2000 North American Council on Adoptable Children Adoption Advocate Award
  • 2003 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award
  • 2004 Nonprofit resource Center Outstanding Nonprofit of 2005 Award
  • 2005 Nevada County Children’s Service Award
  • 2006 Outstanding Fundraising Professional-National Philanthropy Day
  • 2006 Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer-National Philanthropy Day
  • 2009 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award – Kathy Van Osten (Board Member
  • 2010 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award – Jennifer Highley, MSW- Sierra Forever Families Supervisor
  • 2012 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award- Manny Frausto, Sierra Forever Families Parent Partner
  • 2013 North American Council on Adoptable Children Adoption Activist Award – Bob Herne, Executive Director

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