Youth For Change

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260 Cohasset Road
Suite 120
Chico, CA 95926
United States

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Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Youth for Change (YFC) is a diversified private non profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, individuals, families and communities. We are an inclusive, caring, and resilient agency that works from a set of core values that allows us to deliver trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and client centered services.

We primarily serve clients and families in Butte, Sutter-Yuba, Glenn and Shasta Counties, but partner with other counties and communities when there is a need. YFC was established by George Siler in 1991 as a non-profit with two group homes in Paradise, California. The organization would eventually grow to include four group homes, create a Family Resource Center, and expand into foster care services.

YFC has implemented countless Social Service and Behavioral Health collaborative partnerships and programs. In response to community needs over the past two decades, we have employed between 100-200 Northern California residents at any given time.

In 2018, twelve of our buildings and structures - along with a portion of our staff's homes - were destroyed by the devastating Camp Fire. All group home clients were taken to safety on the day of the fire, but our Group Home structures did not survive. 

All other services and programs have continued to be delivered seamlessly, and new services and programs continue to be added. A new Administrative and service delivery site has been established in Chico on Cohasset Road.

After 28 years of guidance and growth, George Siler retired as Chief Executive Officer in 2019; at that time, Chief Operations Officer Beth Parsons was appointed as our new CEO.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many do not realize the need for new resource families in California. The number of foster kids outnumber the foster families who can provide short or long-term care. Foster advocates work hard to find places for these children, but it is not easy.

The latest 2021 report from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report in California says there are:

  • 47,871 kids in California's foster care system
  • 22,892 who entered foster care
  • 15,386 foster kids awaiting adoption
  • California foster kids across all ages, with a median of 8 years
  • 33% whose foster child case plans include adoption

A child's median time in the California foster care system is over a year at 16.8 months. 13% spend 3-4 years in foster care.

California needs foster parents to take in multiple children if they have the time and energy to care for them. Sibling groups often need care, and it is essential to support these family bonds. In California, it is challenging to find homes for teenagers, though they need stable environments and reliable adults to support them.

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5.0 / 5
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Julie Meahl
Sep 18, 2017

Great staff. Good communication.

Rating: 5