Foster & Transitional Young Adults
Under the Adult Education program, there are various services available to Plumas County foster and transitional students.
Mountain Circle Family Services
In the world of foster care, change can be a constant. For their entire lives, these three sisters were unable to live together in one family. Delilah and Heaven remained in one home, while their sister Stephanie was separated from the pack. They saw each other at school, and often spoke of their hopes reunification- but due to a lack of foster homes, it simply wasn’t possible.
Delilah and Heaven’s Mountain Circle foster mom, Gwen, was determined to provide stability and love until a larger foster home could be found for all three of them. Through time spent with Gwen, Delilah and Heaven were able to learn how to love and trust again, and on April 14th, they were reunited in a more permanent home. Because of foster parents like Gwen, these girls have a bright future, together!
Since 1986, Mountain Circle (MC) has provided support, training, and advocacy to over 3,500 foster care children, youth, and their caregivers in Plumas, Lassen, Butte, Sierra, and Washoe, NV, Counties. Our approach is simple: Offer the best possible training to foster parents, provide 24/7 support by experienced Social Workers/Mentors, and equip older foster youth with the skills they will need to become productive adults in the real world.
Our mission does not end when foster children turn 18, which is why we offer programs to specifically prepare teens for emancipation and adulthood. The MC 'Inspiration House,' for example, is an independent living home in Susanville, CA for foster youth ages 16-21. Teens live side by side with an experienced house mentor and learn everyday life-skills such as grocery shopping and money management.
Other Mountain Circle programs include:
- Eat Happy! Provides $500 worth of healthy and delicious produce, meat, and dry goods to foster care children and their families each month for free.
- The PowderQuest Adventure Program: Outdoor leadership training for older foster youth. For foster teens, who have faced unparalleled challenges and disadvantages, snow sports can provide a lifeline to a healthy form of play and healthy emotional development. Many of our foster youth have participated seven years in a row- becoming enthusiastic sports people and, more importantly, acting as mentors to Mountain Circle’s younger participants.
- The Nu-2-U Retail Store, Social Enterprise and Supportive Employment Center: “To Change a Life, Start with a Job.” After two decades of working within the foster care system, Mountain Circle saw the great need for employment and life skills training for older foster teens. In 2009, we launched Nu-2-U with a philosophy and program business model entitled: Edie’s C.L.O.S.E.T: Compassion, Learning, Opportunity, Skills, Employment, and Teaching, offering hands-on supportive employment and career mentoring with 24/7 support by trained Social Workers.
Foster Youth Success Project
The Foster Youth Success Project provides life skills and college and career support services to young adults who are preparing to exit or who have already transitioned out of the foster care system. The program is a collaboration among Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center (PCIRC), Feather River College and the Plumas County Office of Education's Foster Services Program. PCIRC staff will provide the training.
Independent Living Programs for transitioning foster youth are available through PCIRC and Environmental Alternatives.