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 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, Grass Valley, 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 Grass Valley 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, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba and in 2016 provided services to more than 667 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, Sierra Forever Families must raise $5,000 to place a foster child into a permanent home with additional support from county and state funding.
- 76 youth emancipated from 12 Northern California counties foster care systems at the end of 2016. Of these 50% were unemployed and 24% had not graduated 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.