Inside This September Issue:

What is the best gift you can provide to a foster child this Holiday?

A home. Foster parents, also called Resource Families, are URGENTLY needed in your community. Everyday, Mountain Circle is referred at least ten children that we do not have homes for. Resource parents can be:

Single, stay-at-home parents, or retirees… the primary requirement?
We provide free training, and even a monthly stipend. View a short video about Mountain Circle.  Call us today for a 5-min orientation!!
1 (844)-540-8618  or Email


The 2016 Running with the Bears event was a total success!

Runners from several states, and as far away as Germany, England, and China congregated in Indian Valley on Saturday, Aug. 20th, for the sixth annual “Running with the Bears” event. All proceeds benefit Mountain Circle’s foster care programs. There are many marathons each year across the U.S., but this race sets itself apart from the rest in several ways. View information on 2017 Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K registration (which is 80% full), HERE.

2016 Results

2016 Photos

Want to join our team of 2017 Charity Runners? Simply go HERE to activate your page!


From our Mountain Circle Plumas County Foster Care and Adoption Office:

IntrMountain Circle Foster Families oducing our newest foster family in Chester, California…the Jones family!

Mark and Sheramie were certified with Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc. on July 12, 2016, and already they have fostered eight children!  Mark and Sheramie have also raised three boys of their own, ages 19, 16, and 12.  Mark works as a corrections officer in Susanville, and Sheramie is currently a stay-at-home mom.  She has previous experience working in the school system with severely handicapped and behaviorally challenged children, but she and Mark agreed that once they became foster parents, Sheramie would stay home so that she could devote her time and attention to the children placed in their home.

Mark and Sheramie currently have two foster children in their home, boys ages 7 and 10. Mark and Sheramie are two of the most dedicated, patient, and loving people they could possibly have as foster parents!  Mark and Sheramie consistently demonstrate a loving and supportive partnership between each other that allows them to work together to provide children in their care with the love, support, direction, and boundaries that they need to heal, grow, and live happy, healthy, successful lives.

When asked what their experience as foster parents has been like so far, Sheramie said that it has been fulfilling and rewarding.  “Even when having the children for short times, just knowing they are happy and safe is an amazing blessing!” ~ Sheramie Jones

Not only is Sheramie an amazing foster parent, but she is eager to help our organization as well!  Last month, Sheramie came out and volunteered her time two days in a row for our annual fundraiser, the Running with the Bears Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10K.  The day before, she came out to help set up the charity runner booth, and when asked to help move bales of hay, she didn’t even flinch…she just grabbed a set of hay hooks, and got down to business!  On race day, she was up and at ‘em bright and early, out on the marathon course by 6:30am, cheering on our runners, and making sure they were all going in the right direction!

Thank you, Mark and Sheramie, and welcome to the family!!!


Free Upcoming Trainings Offered By Mountain Circle Family Services

Friday, September 16th:
10am-6pm Non-Violent Crisis Intervention 1 in Mountain Circle’s Susanville, California office
Saturday, September 17th: 10am-12pm
Foster Parent Orientation in Mountain Circle’s Chico office
Saturday, September 17th 1pm-7pm
Foster Parent Orientation in Mountain Circle’s Chico office
Friday, September 23rd 9am-5pm
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention in Mountain Circle’s Chico office
Thursday, September 29th 6pm-8pm
Foster Parent orientation in Mountain Circle’s Chico office
A final note from the Executive Director, Dr. Shauna Rossington:
When I started Running with the BearsTm five years ago, it was with three goals:
1) To share the beauty of Indian Valley with the rest of the runners of the world,
2) To make Running with the Bearstm the best and smallest Boston Qualifying race in the country, and
3) To bring awareness to foster care, children, and youth and make their dreams come true.These goals mean being creative and dedicated to giving the runners a sense of value through experiences.
THANK YOU to the participants, volunteers, and to Mountain Circle Staff, for putting on our best event yet!
Onward to 2017!!
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