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Roseville, Calif.- Placer Community Foundation (PCF) proudly announces that it has awarded five grants of $50,000 each to local nonprofits that provide services to at-risk youth and their families.

his funding will allow the organizations to provide varied mental health services, including; court advocates for foster children, mentors for fathers of at-risk children, counseling for birth families recently reunited with their children, intervention for those at risk of mental illness in the Placer Native community, and intervention for teens exposed to, and at risk for, drug abuse. 

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“Nine out of ten people who have experienced addiction began use in their teen years,” said Ariel King-Lovett, Deputy Director of Community Recovery Resources, one of the five grantees. “With this support we have the opportunity to change the lives of teens, and in doing so help them build a safer and healthier future.”

This funding was made available through a partnership with the County of Placer Department of Health and Human Services and the Mental Health Services Act.

“I’m excited that we’re partnering with the county to fund these projects and provide services to people in our community who need it most,” said Veronica Blake, CEO of Placer Community Foundation.

“We partner with Placer Community Foundation because we know that it really takes everyone working together to improve the lives of those in need,” said Maureen Bauman, Director of Placer County Mental Health Adult System of Care Services.

Grantees include:

Child Advocates of Placer County for their CASA Expansion Project which will expand the Court Appointed Special Advocate program to serve 650 unduplicated foster children.

Community Recovery Resources will offer the Full Circle Student and Family Support Program for Western Placer County youth ages 12-18 who are at greater risk of developing a mental health disorder due to identified substance misuse or dependence, and their families.

KidsFirst for Supporting Fathers consists of an intervention group, a mentorship program, therapy and case management services to address the mental health, emotional, and behavioral challenges experienced by fathers.

Lilliput Children’s Services Home to Stay will provide counseling and support services by building on the strengths of birth parents and kinship caregivers. Intensive in-home support will be offered to birth families during and following reunification, and kinship families.

Sierra Native Alliance Native Community Early-Onset Therapeutic Services project will provide outreach, peer support and mental health assessment, referral and counseling services for 120 members of the Placer Native community at risk for mental health disorders.

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. The Community Foundation provides regular trainings and technical assistance for the many local nonprofits that are experiencing growing public demand for programs and services.

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