Family Advocacy & Support

Overview

Family & Youth Partnership

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 Sierra Youth & Families’ 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.

Overview

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Stanford Sierra Youth & Families employs Youth Advocates (individuals with “lived experience”), who serve as peer mentors/advocates for the CSEC population. The core framework of the program blends child family teaming, mentoring, and positive youth development, as well as integrates a trauma informed, gender responsive approach in supporting youth (ages 10-18) who have been trafficked. Youth Advocates works with youth, engaging them and incorporating the evidenced model Seeking Safety to address the youth’s individual needs, while also building upon their strengths, skills, and positive connections to the community.

What are high risk factors?
  • Running away
  • Domestics Violence
  • History of Sexual Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Truancy from school
Referral Process:

Please fill out the CSEC Referral Form, and submit to referral@ssyaf.org or call (916) 344-0199.

Overview

Empowerment Training Center

The Empowerment Training Center provides facilitated training sessions where participants can share experiences, build awareness, and brainstorm ways to increase positive connections and advocacy to help strengthen our communities.

Overview

Parent Partner Services

Stanford Sierra Youth & Families collaborates with Child Welfare to provide Parent Partner Services for families involved in the Child Welfare System. The program’s goals are to engage parents more fully in the child welfare case planning and services process; provide information to parents to help them navigate the child welfare system and understand their rights and responsibilities; and provide support, modeling, and linkages to assist families in meeting their safety, permanency, and well-being goals. The program helps empower youth and families and ensure they have voice and choice in service delivery.

Overview

Parent Support Groups
Check out the list of support groups that we offer each month!

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Crisis Intervention for Families

Stanford Sierra Youth & Families empowers parents and caregivers to become advocates for their children and leaders in their communities through its free monthly support group meetings.

Registration is Free — Sign up is required!  

Are you a resource parent, adoptive parent, parent in need, or caregiver? All are welcome to join our support group meetings, even if you do not receive services through our agency.

Support Group Schedule

CAREGIVERS OF YOUTH ON PROBATION
Every Second Tuesday: 6:00pm -7:30pm
Meeting ID: 950 6164 6457
Passcode: 8928

SPANISH SPEAKING SUPPORT GROUP
Every Second Wednesday: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 930 7420 2151
Passcode: 8928

CAREGIVERS OF YOUTH WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS
Every Third Tuesday: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Meeting ID: 952 9503 0707
Passcode: 8912

CAREGIVERS OF LGBTQ+ YOUTH: WELCOME TO THE RAINBOW
First Tuesday of Every Other Month: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 946 6835 5824
Passcode: 413794

CAREGIVERS OF TRANSGENDER/EXPANSIVE YOUTH
First Tuesday of Every Other Month: 6:00pm – 7:30pm                                                                                                                             Zoom Meeting ID: 987 1110 2716
Passcode: 413794

PARENTS WITH OPEN CHILD WELFARE CASES
Every Last Monday of the Month: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 823 908 7885
Passcode: REC

SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Every First Friday: 9:00am – 10:00am
Meeting ID: 974 7862 4642
Passcode: 8912

PARENTING AGAIN: GRANDPARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Every Second Wednesday: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Meeting ID: 943 9984 0422
Passcode: Grand

SUPPORT GROUP FOR MALE CAREGIVERS
Every Fourth Monday: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 880 5920 0482
Passcode: 678543

POST ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP
Every Second Tuesday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Meeting ID: 81347952417
​Passcode: 302345

For More Information & Meeting Details:
Overview

Resilient Youth Speak Out (RYSO)
Activities for Youth to Learn Leadership Skills and Boost Resilience

RYSO seeks to increase exposure to positive social, relational, educational, and career routes among middle and high school youth, as well as teach important leadership skills, and build resilience. This is achieved through innovative activities, compelling speakers, field trips, and a comprehensive youth leadership curriculum.  

Who:

RYSO is open to all current and alumni Stanford Sierra Youth & Families served youth.

When: 

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Every 3rd Thursday of each month

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Wonder Mentoring Program

Wonder is a mentoring program matching children living in foster care, one-to-one, with caring, consistent adults. The mentors are trained to listen, support, and guide each child through fun, age-appropriate experiences in music, the arts, sports, volunteer service, dining out, and nature. The children enrolled in the program are called “Explorers” and the adults who volunteer and serve as mentors are called “Guides.” Together, they participate in a journey of fun and exploration filled with Wonder moments.