Family Advocacy and Support
In accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6, it is the policy of Stanford Sierra Youth & Families that all certified Foster Parents and approved Resource Families will be informed on the rights of youth and non-minor dependents (hereinafter “youth”). All youth have legal, civil, and human rights that must be protected if they are to achieve their full potential. All Foster Parents and Resource Families will ensure that the youth’s personal rights are respected.
To read more about the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6 please see the publication provided by the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division.
Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, in collaboration with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, provides Community Based Family Services (CBFS). The program offers a wide array of specialized mental/behavioral health services and supports and is designed to provide a “safety-net” for Yolo County families with children and youth (ages 0-21) who are struggling at home, school, or in the community. The program is unique in that clinicians partner with youth and their families to assess and determine an individualized plan for services and supports that focuses on family strengths and the overall emotional, behavioral health and well-being of youth. Services are culturally competent, flexible, family driven and can be provided in the home, school, and community settings. The goals of the CBFS program include: improving behavioral and mental health functioning; improving school performance; strengthening family connections; reducing the need for out of home placements, psychiatric hospitalizations, and contact with law enforcement; increasing permanency for foster youth; and connecting youth and families to community-based resources and supports.
- Yolo County Medi-Cal eligible children and youth ages 0–21 may receive services through CBFS .
- Services are provided in Yolo County’s threshold languages, including English, Spanish, and Russian.
- We always work with families and caregivers, and never work with a child/youth in isolation.
- Services include: assessment, plan development, individual and group therapy, rehabilitation services,case management, medication support services, crisis intervention, and peer and family advocate supports and services.
- We achieve excellent outcomes through our use of evidence-based therapy modalities and best practices.
- Therapeutic services may be provided in the family’s home, in the school setting, in the community setting of the family’s choice, or in our conveniently located counseling center.
Lifelong permanency is at the heart of Stanford Sierra Youth & Families and we work to establish and maintain stable and permanent families through our Family Preservation Services. An overview of our Family Preservation program is as follows:
Family Partners and Youth Advocates offer their own personal experiences and advocacy skills as a valuable layer of support to the youth and families in all Stanford Youth Solutions’ programs. Having similar experiences in their past, these important partners empower young people and their families to lead their own care teams to get their needs met. Family Partners are staff members who have personal experience in the child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems as a consumer and/or as a parent/caregiver.
Stanford Youth Solutions’ Wraparound services literally “wraps” youth and families with comprehensive care to help keep children/youth safe and at home, in school, and out of trouble. Young people living in institutional care (group homes, detention facility) gain the support and guidance of our Wraparound program to help them transition safely to a permanent family or healthy, independent living. The program combines a family-centered, strengths-based, needs-driven, team-driven approach with individualized and wellness-focused interventions.