Shiela and Joey have known they wanted to become foster (Resource) parents for a long time.  When they called Mountain Circle’s Chico Office, we met them at a Starbucks the next day and got the paperwork started. Shiela and Joey didn’t want to wait a month to attend a group orientation- in fact, we find that most families don’t. This is why Mountain Circle provides orientations to potential families right away, one-on-one, and at a time and place convenient to them. Families can ask their questions honestly and this gives us an opportunity to get to know them better as well.

With so many children in foster care, Shiela and Joey wanted to get going.

“We love kids and have always wanted to open our home to help them. These little people deserve the best in life and if we can just do even a little bit to help them, even if it’s for a short period of time (or maybe a long period), then we want to do it.”

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This family loves the outdoors! A typical weekend will be spent camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and/or caring for the family’s pigs. They enjoy any activity that provides quality time together.

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During the homestudy process (the final step in becoming certified), Shiela and Joey told us they were open to fostering and/or adoption (Mountain Circle certifies families for both), and that they did not have a preference for boys or girls. Shiela says, “we just want to help.”

When Mountain Circle received a call from Social Services about a child they had just detained, the Social Worker told us everything they knew about him- his behavior, hobbies, etc., and we knew Shiela and Joey were a perfect match.  We immediately called Shiela and all she wanted to say was, “of course we’ll take him!!”  Within just two weeks of becoming certified, Shiela and Joey were able to welcome an adorable little boy who is high-energy and loveable, just like them.  Shiela says,”we were so ready! And the kids were so excited too.” We know that any foster child will thrive in this home, and we are so blessed to be a part of this journey.

Shiela and Joey, congratulations, and welcome to the Mountain Circle Family! Thank you for making a difference to these special kids, we are with you every step of the way!

.If you, or someone you know, would make a great foster parent, have them call Josie at 1-530-284-7007 or email [email protected]

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