Families Uniting Families

Long Beach, CA   |  www.familiesunitingfamilies.org

Mission

To cultivate nurturing and knowledgeable families to protect and meaningfully enhance the welfare and stability of vulnerable children and their families

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Mr. James Schrage

Main address

525 E. 7th Street, Suite 115

Long Beach, CA 90813 USA

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EIN

73-1696751

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Adoption (P31)

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Foster Care

To recruit, prepare and certify foster families to be able to accept children who have been victims of abuse/neglect for temporary care until such a time that the birth parent(s) are able to reunify with their children.

Population(s) Served

Project Fatherhood was developed by Dr. Hershel Swinger of Children’s Institute, Inc. to chiefly give poor, urban, culturally diverse fathers an opportunity to connect with their children and play a meaningful role in their lives. The program continues to be recognized nationally for effectivelyaddressing the problem of absentee fathers, a major social issue affecting the healthy development of a significant number of children.  The program provides comprehensive parenting skills to culturally diverse biological fathers using an innovative support group model.  Over the years, Project Fatherhood has also proved to be effective for other men in care giving roles such as stepfathers and foster parents, and relative caregivers such as grandfathers.  Since its inception morethan a decade ago, more than 7,000 fathers have participated in the program and the numbers continue to grow.
 
A key component of the project is its intensive training approach that prepares professionals to lead “Men in Relationships” support groups.  During the program, a broad range of issues is addressed including father’s understanding of appropriate discipline, domestic abuse, communicating needs, and traumatic experiences in fathers’ backgrounds that affect their relationships with their children and partners.
At FUF we meet weekly to convene a family dinner, some time to dialogue as a group, and then we break out into our separate small groups.  The fathers and the significant others meet and in an open-group style format, process important issues.  In these groups, each member is crucial in providing attention and support.  The children play under the care of our Project Fatherhood staff.  
For more information, call 562.437.4114 or visit us on Facebook to see photos of one of our quarterly “Family Game Night” events.

Population(s) Served

A full service adoption program that partners with county child welfare to promote permanency of children who are unable to return to the care of their birth families.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To maintain 99.68% of our children free from substantiated abuse/neglect (safety)
2. To facilitate a family reunification within 12 months in over 81% of our children (permanency)
3. To facilitate an adoption or legal guardianship within 24 months in over 73.5% of those situations (permanency)
4. To ensure that 85% of our youth graduate with a High School Diploma or GED (well being)

1. To maintain 99.68% of our children free from subtantitated abuse/neglect
1a. Our Foster Care Social Workers will make home visits 2-4 times per month to observe and meet with child.
1b. Our Foster Care Social Workers will meet with a Supervising Social Worker from 2-4 times per month for at least one hour to seek guidance/consultation to ensure best practice.

2. To facilitate a family reunification within 12 months in over 81% of our children (permanency)
2a. Our Foster Care Social Workers will make home visits 2-4 times per month to observe and meet with child.
2b. Our Foster Care Social Workers will meet with a Supervising Social Worker from 3-4x/mo. to seek guidance/consultation to ensure best practice.

3. To facilitate an adoptoin or legal guardianship within 24 months in over 73.5% of those situatuions (permanency)
3a. Our Foster Care Social Workers will make home visits 2-4 times per month to observe and meet with child.
3b. Our Foster Care Social Workers will meet with a Supervising Social Worker from 2-4 times per month for at least one hour to seek guidance/consultation to ensure best practice.

4. To ensure that 85% of our youth graduate with a High School Diploma or GED (well being)
4a. Our Foster Care Social Workers will make home visits 2-4 times per month to observe and meet with child.
4b. Our Foster Care Social Workers will meet with a Supervising Social Worker from 2-4 times per month for at least one hour to seek guidance/consultation to ensure best practice.

We have a board,, administrative staff of three to support two supervising social workers (adoption & foster care) and six case carrying Foster Care Social Workers. Families Uniting Families also supports the development of volunteers and bachelors/masters level social work students who are placed with the agency year-round to assist in the delivery of services.

1. To maintain 99.68% of our children free from substantiated abuse/neglect (safety)
Familes Uniting Families has received 100% in the area of safety in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.


2. To facilitate a family reunification within 12 months in over 81% of our children (permanency)
86% (2014)

3. To facilitate an adoption or legal guardianship within 24 months in over 73.5% of those situations (permanency)
100% (2014)


4. To ensure that 85% of our youth graduate with a High School Diploma or GED (well being)
FUF experienced 80% graduation rate (2014).

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Families Uniting Families

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2016
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Board chair

Mr. Dean Chow

Families Uniting Families

Kevin Sandercock Secretary

Sandercock & Associates Lawfirm

Kevin Francis Treasurer

BBS Inc.

Grace Orpilla Board member at-large

Retired university professor (CSULA)

Jack Nendel Board member at-large

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