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Extraordinary Families helps children and youth in foster care to have the childhoods and futures they rightfully deserve.
Extraordinary Families is a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption, and advocacy agency dedicated to improving the daily lives and long-term outcomes of children and youth in foster care. We recruit, train, and support high quality foster and adoptive (resource) parents for children removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. We welcome a diverse population of individuals and families to serve as resource parents regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or domestic partner status, political affiliation, or ancestry. Resource families are viewed as members of a team providing individualized care so each child can reach his/her fullest potential. In addition to foster care and adoption, we offer programs that support transition-age foster youth in obtaining meaningful work experience, connecting with mentors, and becoming self-sufficient adults. Drawing from our experience providing effective foster care, adoption, and youth services, we identify and pursue opportunities to improve the lives of those involved in the child welfare system through our strategic initiatives in policy and practice reform.
Youth In Transition has been a gift to volunteer for. The director of the program is the kind of person you wished you had in every organization around the world. Beth Ryan is dedicated, educated, and doesn't stop shedding her love for the young adults, ever. It's inspiring.
I have had the joy of being a part of this program since October 2015 which is not long but the impact has been fierce
Beth made it very accessible to be a co-mentor by guiding me through the proper procedures they need for us to volunteer (ie: paperwork, finger prints, etc. etc.). I hung out in the office helping where I could until I was able to actually start mentoring. Since then I have greatly enjoyed meeting these fantastic young adults and getting to spend time with cool and interesting people. It's opened up some new doors and I love walking through them.
Thank you Youth In Transition and Beth.
I have been volunteering for SCFFAA since the beginning of 2015 and have worked closely with the Youth in Transition Program Director, Beth Ryan. The Youth in Transition program is dedicated to helping young adults who were or are in foster care connect with adults/mentors who can provide them with support and most importantly help them build supportive/positive relationships. I am amazed by the diverse population of mentors that the program receives every year. Not only do the young adults make friends but so do the adults/mentors. Although the program only requires that the mentors and young adults meet once a month many find themselves connecting more often and making lifetime friendships. I highly recommend this program to those looking to make a difference in the lives of young adults.
I volunteered with the SCFFAA mentoring program for one year. It was a great pleasure meeting some really great young people who were transitioning out of the system. SCFFAA provided workshops and additional support during our volunteer time but they also gave us freedom to initiate and plan our own events. I would highly recommend anyone looking to work with young adults to volunteer with this group. I still am in touch with my group and can't imagine not having them in my life.
by Melinda U. from Los Angeles, CA
I am a new volunteer co-mentor in SCFFAA's Youth in Transition program, which helps foster youth adjust to healthy adulthood as they learn new skills. I have volunteered at other organizations, and worked in administration for a number of other nonprofits, and can easily say that SCFFAA outshines them all in honoring and supporting volunteers' efforts. The staff members there are fantastic--intelligent, inspired, empowered, and highly motivated. The place has a marvelous mission which is reflected at different levels. I am so enthusiastic about the organization that I am encouraging others I know to consider volunteering there.