Introducing Stanford Sierra Youth & Families

Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families is proud to announce our new identity – Stanford Sierra Youth & Families (SSYF). SSYF believes each and every child deserves the love, safety, and unconditional commitment of a family and the opportunity to develop as a healthy and productive adult.

“With this new identity, we are excited to bring a wider continuum of care to the youth and families within our community,” says Laura Heintz, SSYF CEO . “Our main focus is bringing the most comprehensive services to those that we serve, and with more programs and services available, we will be able to significantly increase our impact.”

With a new identity also comes a new mission statement: Transforming lives by nurturing permanent connections and empowering families to solve challenges together, so every child can thrive.

SSYF also created a renewed vision and set of values that further encompass the work that we do for our youth and families. Learn more here.

SSYF provides a continuum of care to empower youth and families to overcome challenges together, as well as connects youth in foster care to the permanent loving families they need and deserve. This includes the following array of comprehensive programs: family advocacy and support, behavioral and mental health services, juvenile justice intervention, mentoring, foster care, adoption services, and pre- and post-adoption support. SSYF supports the entire family with professional treatment and compassionate care, so every youth has the opportunity to thrive at home, in school, and in the community.

Sierra Forever Families

We are a private, nonprofit agency that facilitates the development of forever families by making the best possible connections between children and families. We know that adoption is a very personal and emotional process for all involved, and our goal is to equip children and parents for success. We aren’t focused on creating the most families; we’re focused on creating the most stable and caring families.

ANNOUNCEMENT: It is with great excitement that Sierra Forever Families (SFF) and Stanford Youth Solutions (SYS) announce the merging of the two organizations. The Boards of Directors of both organizations have approved the merger of their operations, effective July 1, 2019. Sierra Forever Families is now accredited by the Council on Accreditation through its merger with Stanford Youth Solutions.

SFF and SYS have complementary missions and operations and have an extensive history of
collaborating to provide services and supports to youth and families. SFF and SYS are well established nonprofit agencies that have proudly served the community for a combined total of over 150 years.

For more information about the merger, here are the links to the press release and FAQ sheet.

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There are thousands of children and youth currently living in foster care and available for adoption. Learn more about the youth we work with.

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Families come in all shapes and sizes. We help a range of couples and individuals navigate the foster-adopt process and build a family along the way.

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Support Services

Stable and caring families need resources, insight and support to succeed. Find out about the pre- and post-adoption support available to you.
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Success Stories

“I am Tomas, married father of 4 of the craziest, most amazing children on earth….Sierra Forever Families Therapeutic Support Services…helped me by giving me guidance and resources, keeping me from countless sleepless nights.”

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A donation that will change lives

We believe that every child deserves to grow up in an unconditionally committed home. With your support we are finding loving and stable homes for every child in foster care.

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