Forever Homes for Foster Kids

aka Find Families In Mexico   |   San Diego, CA   |  https://www.foreverhomesforfosterkids.org

Mission

To make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of foster children.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Richard Villasana

Main address

9450 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite C520

San Diego, CA 92126 USA

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EIN

82-1256794

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our greatest need is to increase corporate sponsorship. Individual donations are increasing and steady, but corporations have the ability to provide funding as well as in-kind donations that will allow our non-profit to take on many more immigrant and U.S. foster children cases each year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family finding

Forever Homes for Foster Kids specializes in performing family finding for U.S. agencies seeking to locate the biological relatives of immigrant and foster children. Family Finding is the process of identifying, locating and notifying adult family members. This ensures that where possible, each child has at the very least a connection with their blood relatives. In the best of cases, relatives are found who will take in the child and give him/her a permanent, stable home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Awards

California Hero 2018

California State Senate

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our non-profit wants to be able to take on 750-1000 cases per year where we will locate relatives of immigrant and U.S. foster children. By doing so, these children in most cases will leave the foster care system and be back with their families. When a child cannot safely be returned to their family, our service opens the way for an adoption to move forward or to be completed.

Our strategy for 2021-2022 is to:

* Engage corporations that have a family-focus

* Continue to expand our part-time staff and begin bringing in full-time staff. While we may work with volunteers, our growth will require permanent staff.

* Expand our reach to include influencing laws so that more and better oversight is in place to ensure that each child has a thorough family finding executed on their behalf.

Our organization has a large and growing social media presence. In 2017, we reach nearly 1.5 million people. In 2018 and 2019, we reached roughly a million people. At this time we have a following of more than 38,500 on social media. We are effective in getting in front of the media. Our founder is also a columnist with Foster Focus Magazine where our message can be seen each month.

The organization is engaged with experts who are guiding us on best practices to engage corporations. Our organization is managed by professionals who have decades of experience working with staff and taking an organization and business to the next level of success.

Since the beginning of 2021, we have worked to maintain the same level of giving as we had in 2020. We spent considerable time putting together a process where all donors now receive information about how their gift is used. We have donors who have made multiple gifts, and we intend to develop relations to increase this continuous giving by 20% by the end of 2021.

Our social media following has grown to roughly 3,000 since Jan. 1, 2021. We have successfully worked cases in the Caribbean and Central America. We are handling multiple foster child cases in Guatemala, maintaining our dominance as the only non-profit that specializes in family finding throughout Latin America.

With nearly 30 years of experience, we anticipate being able to bring in more counties and take on their cases so that we can continue to make a life-changing impact on the lives of immigrant and foster children who have parents and relatives living in in Latin America.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Foster care caseworkers and supervisors and nonprofits

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One caseworker shared some excellent insights into challenges in making calls to families in other countries. We have since incorporated that advice to update our report and to make it more user-friendly to the goal of better communication outcomes when caseworkers are interviewing potential family members.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    People realize that we are constantly looking for ways to help them have greater success. This sentiment means that agency staff will share more information with us and look to us to provide even more education to make the job easier and more successful.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Forever Homes for Foster Kids

Board of directors
as of 7/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Villasana

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.