Foster parents must meet Resource Family Application requirements as mandated by State licensing. A full background and fingerprint process is completed on each applicant and must clear in order to be considered as a certified foster parent/home with Environmental Alternatives.
EA Family Services offers foster care to those in need of foster care placements, as well as training for those who qualify to become foster parents. They offer a wide array of support systems for foster families and children in placement. Their agency provides transportation services for clients; i.e. visitation, court, counseling, camp.
They also offer a Transitional Housing Program for those clients 18 to 21 years of age. This is a great opportunity to help encourage and gain independent living skills by these young adults who have aged out of placement in foster care. Each client is provided a case manager to help navigate this new independent lifestyle.
Environmental Alternatives also hosts all children in placement within the agency one week per summer at their resort, Lake Francis in Dobbins, CA. This is a no cost event held yearly for each child ages 7 to 15. Clients aged 16 to 18 are encouraged to participate as camp counselors, where they receive training by senior camp staff. Many of their clients have gained actual summer employment at the camp, where they earn a wage and gain work experience.