Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A list of some of the questions we receive the most. If you have a question for us that isn’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us!

Where do kids come from?

We accept children from Sacramento, as well as surrounding counties such as Yolo, Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Kids come from their own homes, relatives, foster home, or any place else they may be currently staying. 80% come to us from their biological home.

Who brings them in?

Kids come to us from a variety of different sources. Most kids are placed here under a Protective Custody hold, by Law Enforcement or Children’s Protective Services (CPS), while their cases are being investigated. We will also have kids that are placed here by the Courts, the placement units of CPS, or the FM/Informal Supervision units of CPS. Any child that needs a safe place to stay will be considered for placement.

What do they do while here?

The Children’s Receiving Home offers a structured yet supportive program to meet the individual needs of all children. We have a daily routine that encompasses a variety of services. After-school recreation and activities are planned every week and are optional. After dinner is the visitation hour, where parents or friends may come and see the kids. Our evening activities include movies, dances, game nights in the gym, etc. and are very popular. Recreation staff also plan off-grounds outings such as bowling, laser tag, and shopping about twice a week and a block party picnic/BBQ once a month.

Aren’t you a County facility?

No, we’re a private, non-profit facility. We work with Sacramento, Yolo, Nevada and El Dorado counties.

What if you only have space for some of the siblings?

Every effort is made to take in the entire family at admission and keep families together in our specialized sibling dorm. If for some reason we are unable to do so, the children are placed in emergency foster homes.

How are you funded?

Most of our funding derives from a variety of sources relating to our taking care of children including grants, contracts, and county foster dollars. We are also active in United Way campaigning and fundraising.  We also receive donations that help us support our programs. We have a Board of Directors who help devise and seek ways for raising funds.

What happens to kids after they leave?

Children leave here to go either to foster homes or to extended family members/return to parents if the home is now judged to be safe. In-home services may include counseling, substance abuse intervention, anger management classes, etc. Approximately 50% of the children leave here not ready to go home and will be placed into foster care, possibly to return home at a later date.

How do you know kids do better after they leave here?

We have a variety of ways we find out. Our Mental Health team provides aftercare to a certain amount of kids and are able to follow them and report back. We also get report backs from the child’s social worker, new service provider and often times hear from the child himself.

Who works with the kids? 

Children’s Receiving Home staff usually come from the field of Social Services or are otherwise committed to working with children. It is hard work and not for everybody. However we are fortunate to have extremely dedicated people working here who have found within themselves the capability to do the work we are called to do.

What happened with (the kid I just saw): how did they get here?

Children come to us from a large variety of backgrounds, families and neighborhoods. We believe that we serve the finest children in our communities who deserve the highest level of services. We believe that if we intervene early with victims of child abuse and neglect we will reverse the negative course they have experienced thus far. However, all children are covered by legal confidentiality and we are unable to release specific identifying information on the children.

How many staff do you have?

We employ approximately 200 people. Check out our current opportunities.

What kinds of donations do you need?

We rely on community support at all levels. First and foremost, dollars help. We can also use donations of clothing, gift cards, activity supplies, and anything else you might imagine children between the ages of 6 and 18 need. These are the children of our community and need what all children need in order to learn and thrive. Check out our current wishlist.

How can I help?

There are many ways to support our program and kids. Monetary contributions help the most. After that, coordinating a donation drive for items our kids need is a wonderful way to help, as is generating awareness of their needs via social media. Remembering us through your United Way pledge is also a good way to help. Not forgetting these children and remembering that they deserve our help is critical to our success, and any way you can think of to help would be appreciated.