Leadership

Leadership

A Message from our Executive Director, Jim Galsterer

When I take time to reflect back upon the many accomplishments in the foster care system achieved over the past 35 years, I’m simply amazed. More effective systems to support struggling families have been developed. The foster care system has been strengthened by increasing financial support and by developing sensible licensing regulations. Every passing year has witnessed improvement of the foster care system.

In 1975, High Sierra Group Home, now TLC Child & Family Services, opened one group home for four teenagers with a staff of two. We now offer comprehensive, integrative services to over 600 foster youth annually, supervised by 130 employees and 155 foster parents dedicated to the care and well being of these very deserving children. Our Leadership Team is dedicated to the quality of services provided to foster care children and their families.

TLC’s mission is connecting every foster child to a consistent, stable family and a future. We are partnering with our communities and local governments to ensure that each foster child’s opportunity for success is equal to every other child’s. We have all heard, "the youth of today will become the leaders of tomorrow." But how do our children become those leaders? Answers vary, but most point to strong family connections and a child’s self-confidence to forge ahead.

Without a sense of permanence and the caring guidance of adult, foster children are at high risk for significant struggles later in life. Children without homes will often not complete high school. Children without love will substitute gangs and drugs. They may be under-employed or will have difficulty keeping a job. Without a stable adult in their lives, the