Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of Inner Circle is to promote the growth of children and youth while strengthening the family unit.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide community based services to children and families for the purpose of strengthening the family unit, emancipating prepared, productive young adults and providing specialized, quality foster care.
By meeting these needs in a caring, comprehensive, and professional manner we will impact the quality of life for the children and families in our community.

Programs and Services

  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • State of California, Victims of Crime Outpatient Counseling

Locations Served
Including the following areas:

  • San Fernando Valley
  • Santa Clarita Valley
  • Antelope Valley
  • Kern County
  • Counties of Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • Orange
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History

Inner Circle (IC) is a private 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization started in 1991 by members of the community longing to helping foster children in need of families.  Since then, IC has been working together to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train and retain foster families. IC fulfills this mission through a contract with the Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS).

In 1997, IC contracted with the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, enabling IC to work with children who have Developmental Disabilities and join them with foster families of professional parents.  This lead to a number of state and local governments have consulted with IC Foster Care in re-structuring their own foster care systems.

IC is not a child placement agency. Children in California are placed in foster homes by DCFS. IC is not a government agency, but unique among child welfare organizations in the country. IC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are passionate about the quality of care for children in foster care.

In 1998, IC was licensed as an Adoption Agency, enabling IC to provide a continuum, spanning from initial placement into the foster care system to adoption finalization.  Our mission is to serve California’s children by finding, educating and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care.

In California, more than 2,600 children are in foster care at any given time because their own families are in crisis. Substance abuse is a factor in more than half of all cases where children are removed from their biological homes.  There are always new children coming into foster care and families leaving the system because of adoption or other personal reasons. IC present has three offices located throughout the Los Angeles County and continuously growing. In each community, our staff members know the region’s specific needs and engage families at the grassroots level.

Our Children

2005 Placement Census
Male 47% – Female 53%

According kidsdata.org, there are approximately 58,699 children in foster care in the state of California.  In Los Angeles alone, there are 19,899 children foster care.  In 2013, 33,600 children were separate from their families entering foster care in desperate need of good quality foster homes.  Every year that number keeps rising, Inner Circle is striving to certify good families willing to help.

Ages of Children Placed

Age 0 to 4 = 44 %
Age 5 to 8 = 25%
Age 9 to 11 = 17%
Age 12 to 14 = 08%
Age 15 to 18 = 6%

Ethnicity of Our Children

African American –16%
African American / Caucasian – 0%
African American / Hispanic – 3%
African American / American Indian – .7%
Caucasian – 44%
Hispanic –27%

Reasons for Detention

Although many of our chidren have experienced more than one form of abuse, the following are the primary reasons our children were placed into foster care:

Substance Abuse –41%
Neglect – 24 %
Domestic Violence – 10%
Physical Abuse – 3%
Sexual Abuse – 4%
Abandonment – 2%
Parents Incarceration – 5%
Parental Homelessness – 1%
Relatives Unable to Continue Caring – 2%
Replacements from other County and Agency Foster Placements – 8%

Our People

The board of directors at Inner Circle is made up of professionals from the field of social work as well as other fields. These dedicated individuals serve in governance and fiduciary oversight positions and network on behalf of IC’s mission in the broader community.

VICTORIA FICKETT –EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Contact no: 818-919-0402
Email address: Victoria.fickett@fosterfamily.org

professional affiliations

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California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 160 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion.

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California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 160 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion.

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California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 160 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion.

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California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 160 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion.

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California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 160 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion.

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