I wanted to share this little bit of information with you about Lilliput Children's Services. They are the adoption agency who did our home study for the adoption of our youngest, Princess Diva Toddler Bear. We really appreciate the work that they are doing in our area, and we wanted to give them a little shout-out and help spread the word. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, or Sacramento area, I urge you to think about fostering and/or adopting through Lilliput.
Lilliput Children's Services mission is to ensure a child's opportunity for permanence in a safe and nurturing family. Lilliput provides permanency-focused foster, adoption and kinship services to families and children in California's foster care system, foster adoptees, as well as those at risk of foster placement. Lilliput has completed nearly 5,000 adoptions for California foster children and finalizes the most foster adoptions on a yearly basis of any private foster adoption agency in the state. Lilliput's foster program is unique in that foster care is a temporary strategy to move children to permanency - either through reunification, kinship care or adoption. Children are typically served in our foster/adoption program (most are placed in only one family and adopted within approximately 11 months) or in our Kinship Support Services Program. About 50% of our foster adoptions are children adopted by their relatives; a testimony to our commitment to keep children with their families when possible. By helping children find early permanency they don't have to face aging out of foster care without a committed family.
Lilliput has 12 offices within Northern California, and a statewide adoption license. This provides us with the opportunity to touch the lives of foster children in more communities than most agencies within the state. As a commitment to our high standard of care, Lilliput is accredited through the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and is in the process of becoming nationally accredited.
We have strong partnerships with the public child welfare system throughout the state. Lilliput has proudly offered a variety of supportive kinship services through our foster, adoption and kinship programs for the past several years. Our first Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP) was launched in 2007 in partnership with the State of California and Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In the following year we also launched the El Dorado and Napa County KSSP. Our KSSP serve family members, such as grandparents, who are caring for their grandchildren or other relative children. In 2009, Lilliput Children's Services was one of only 24 organizations nationwide awarded a federal Family Connections Discretionary Grant from the Administration on Children and Families.
The purpose of the funded project, the Kinnections Initiative (KI), is to locate and engage kin for African American youth who are entering Sacramento County foster care for the first time, but whose family members' whereabouts are unknown. The practices developed from this demonstration project will ultimately be mirrored by agencies throughout the nation. Lilliput has long been recognized throughout the state as a leading expert in kinship care best practices, and is now recognized nationally as well. Lilliput was recently selected as the Emergency Foster Care provider for Solano County Child Welfare Services. This partnership intends to reform the experience of foster children when they first enter care or are experiencing a placement disruption. This new system of care will lead to more thoughtful planning and appropriate placements for children, with greater utilization of kinship care and fewer moves.
We are currently seeking emergency foster families and homes in Vallejo, Vacaville, and Fairfield and will have the program up and running by 9/1/11. These homes are available 24-hours a day to take children in, providing a safe harbor with little or no advance notice, for a period of a few days or up to 2 weeks. Emergency foster parents will be specially trained to meet the needs of all children, including those who are medically fragile and non-ambulatory, and will accept sibling groups in order to keep them together.
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