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
  • Los Angeles County
  • San Bernardino County
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Scope Of Services

Inner Circle FFA provides out of home care through foster care services to clients. Each client admitted is placed into an Inner Circle FFA approved Resource Home.

Each resource home must undergo extensive screening and training prior to the placing of a child. Our homes are typically certified for a capacity of two to four children, however we reserve the right to place up to six to accommodate sibling groups in accordance with the guidelines found in Deliverables, Section C, 4.11 (Inner Circle defines “teenager” as children 10 and older). Special efforts are made to match children with resource families that share common cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Homes that are certified by Inner Circle are designed to provide 24/7 treatment to children who experience behavioral, emotional and physical problems. Resource homes work in congruence with Inner Circle, Foster Family Agency, and the Department of Children and Family Services in planning for the child, as well as to ensure the child’s rights are protected.

Once a child is placed in the home, Inner Circle social workers are required to visit each home once a week. Face to face contact must occur 1x a week. The social worker remains in constant contact with the client – either by telephone or in-person. The client also has the telephone number of the FCSW if age- appropriate. All communication with the client is to be documented in the client’s case record. The purpose of these visits is to monitor the home environment, provide support services to the resource parents (RPs), and to evaluate and assess the child’s progress on a weekly basis. Inner Circle’s FFA social workers, in conjunction with the CSW, work together to find and coordinate the appropriate services for each client.

Many of our children participate in individual counseling and, when deemed appropriate, family therapy with the resource parents and the foster client. These services are available to foster clients and resource families. Agency social workers work closely with placing agencies, birth families, and resource parents to effectively develop and implement the child’s treatment goals. Children/youth, that are placed in services with Inner Circle FFA, have experienced in one form or another a traumatic event. Each client reacts to trauma in several different ways, which is why Inner Circle FFA believes that addressing trauma is a big step to the start of treatment and permanency. Trauma treatment can take place in any number of settings within the client’s time with the agency. When appropriate, community resources are used to augment a specific child’s treatment plan. These services range from specialized treatment groups to community recreational centers. Our goal is to provide support in a trauma‐ informed, victim‐centered, strengths‐based, and culturally sensitive manner that will meet each foster client’s individual needs.

The following services are available either directly or through referral:

• Tutoring • Group Counseling
• Vocational Training by referral • Monitored Visits off-site/on-site
• Family counseling as needed • Emergency Placements
• Therapy off-site • Continuous parent training for
• IEP Advocacy on-site/off-site  Resource Parents
• After Hours placements • Recreational Activities
• Psychiatric services • Community Activities
• Cultural Activities • Any other service deemed necessary by the care provider and professional working with a child based on a case by case basis.
• Spiritual Activities
• Individual Counseling
• Sibling Placements • 24/7 Agency support

Services for special populations including Commercial Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual Questioning (LGBTQ) and Nonminor Dependents (NMD) may consist of the following but is not limited to:

  • Crisis interventions
    • development of a crisis safety and response plan with input from the person(s) served
  • Ensuring that the assigned agency social worker can mobilize coordination with hospitals and/or community‐based providers
  • Providing respite services that may offer temporary relief to resource parents who are caring for CSEC clients, LGBTQ clients, NMD
  • Developing a transitional independent living case plan which the NMD will participate in to prepare for the transition from foster care to independent living.
  • Community‐based treatments with focus on:
    • Providing consistency for the person served through changes in placement
    • Episodes when the person served is not in placement
    • Provide community‐based services that help promote self‐esteem and sexual identity issues
    • Participation in peer support groups that may offer activities which identify individual, cultural, and spiritual needs
    • If a person served who identifies as LGBTQ, as well as CSEC, will have the ability to participate in CSEC focused community‐based treatments
    • When the person served returns to or is held by her or his exploiter
    • Mental health assessments (Including additional mental health assistance prior to, during, and after high‐risk retriggering events (e.g. court proceedings)
    • Psychotherapy (individual and family)
    • Clinical case management
    • Rehabilitation (Including early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment [EPSDT])
    • Psychoeducation
    • Educationally Related Mental Health Services through the school districts when IEPs may be developed
    • Other services as needed

Inner Circle’s direct services are impacted based on the DCFS and the courts decision regarding a client’s transfer for discharge. Inner Circle abides to the courts and DCFS’ decision on the client’s permanency goal. A client may have a permanency goal of:

  • Adoption
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Long Term Care/Independent Living

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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