POSITIVE ATTITUDE OUTLOOK, INC. FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY*motivation *determination *the place to be
MISSION STATEMENTPAO’s mission is to provide reinforcement and providenourishment to each at-risk child with the hopes that oneday they will become positive, productive adults and rolemodels of encouragement in the lives of otherchildren/youth. Their aim is to provide services to enhancethe effectiveness of the foster care system by monthlytraining, developmental workshops and seminars. These allcontribute to bettering the efficiency of foster care agenciesas well as the central valley.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE HISTORY (PAOI) A Positive Attitude Outlook, Inc. (APAOI) was founded by Regana McGee in Sacramento, California on June 6, 1988. The organization was born out of a vision to start group homes for children with a history of psychological, social, and academic problems. In 1990, APAOI expanded to include a program to provide home finding and placement services for children from birth to eighteen years of age. Its first foster family agency was opened in Sacramento county where it served over 120 children from 1990 to 1992. The company’s reputation of providing quality services became well known among social services agencies and in 1992, APAOI opened its first office in Fresno. A Positive Attitude Outlook, Inc. now has offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, Ontario and its corporate office in Fresno. “It was he who gave a vision to establish PAOI to be a ministry for helping children!”-PAOI Founder
PAOI SERVICES INCLUDE:• The opportunity to gain personal satisfaction for giving a child a chance to develop and grow up in a safe and positive environment• Financial Compensation• Social Workers on call 24 hours for crises services• Special monthly training• Children from 0-18• Medi-cal & dental health coverage for the children• Quarterly awards for our Foster Children• Special activities for the children• Our goal is family reunification or to provide a safe and nurturing long term home for our foster children
PAOI SOCIAL JUSTICE• PAO focuses on the social justice of children ages 0-18. They conduct a great amount of research and analysis to care for any child in any state. The types of foster care include:• *emergency foster care/ A child left with no family/ immediate removal from his/her current home are placed in Emergency Foster homes. The children are often traumatized by the incident in which they need intensive help.• *Respite Care is a short-term care of a very dependent or difficult child which enables parents- birth, foster or adoptive- to take a break.• * Therapeutic or Treatment Care Children that come into foster care who are medically fragile or have been severely emotionally damaged by their previous families. Foster parents may need to provide extensive medical support, or mount an intensive salvage operation to try to turn these children around.
PAOI CULTURAL COMPETENCEAt PAO they aim to create a safe, cultural competent agency. Foster parentsand social workers join in monthly training and seminars on how tobecome culturally competent with their children/clients. PAO attempts togive every child a Foster parent that meets their cultural needs, religiousbackground, and language preference. After the foster child is given theirrights and responsibility of the foster parent to apply those rights while intheir home. (including religious practices and birth control usage)
PAOI VALUES:PAO values the life and future of a child. They state feeling successful whena former foster child gains a career , job, and family of their own. They liveby the following statement: “If you believe in helping others and wish toopen your homes and hearts to the less fortunate, then you’ve come to theright place. If you’ve got the motivation and determination, then you are atthe place to be”.
PAOI HUMAN RIGHTS PAO duty is to enforce and conduct the human rights of the child. The aim is to provide the child with the right tools to succeed in life. They often fall upon the ideas of Human Rights Watch. To provide foster youth with a variety of options as they transition into adulthood. These include more time at home before moving out on their own, or somewhere to stay for certain periods, such as during college/vacations.
PAOI FUNDING The agency is funded through The Federal and State Government The Agency gets reimbursement for every child placed in the agency’s Foster home
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Board of Directors CEO/Owner Director/Administrator Assistant Executive Director Supervising Social Worker Secretary Recruiter Social Workers
PAOI AT RISK POPULATION: The population at risk are Children from ages 0 to 18 years of age who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment cannot live with their birth parents until the issues have been addressed. PAOI focuses on finding a providing them with a foster care home in hopes that it might give a positive experience in a foster childs life. Children and youth look for acceptance, guidance, support, but most of all Love. PAOI attempts to supply these needs to every child with the help of fostering homes and reunification.
AGENCY PRACTICES• The Agencies goals are to meet the physical and emotional needs for a child. At PAOI the social workers work hard to determine which foster homes are available to best suit the needs of a child and are attentive to the placement and keep a close watch to make sure both the child and the foster home are doing well. PAOI social workers meet with the children and foster family once a week. The children are assessed to look at which areas they need more help in as well as their attributes and create goals overcome the areas in which they need help in.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AGENCY• The agency provides a substantial amount of support to not only the children but, the foster children as well making sure they don’t feel too overwhelmed and feel able to seek help when they need it. The social workers genuinely want the best for each child and go above and beyond to make their foster homes the best to best suit the needs of each child that are placed there. The agency does a great job of trying to better the foster care system by encouraging foster children to become active in different groups that are available for them to advocate for themselves and other foster children.