Sierra Forever Families

Sierra Forever Families' (Sierra) mission is to transform the lives of children and youth in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families. We believe while some children might need temporary care, every child NEEDS a forever family who provides them with a lifelong, safe, stable and secure parenting relationship with love and unconditional commitment.

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Executive Director

Executive Director Lynn Thull PhD

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mr. Steve Kempster Program Director
Mrs. Jeanne Albright Human Resources Director
Christie Shorrock Director of Development & Public Relations
Jennifer Jacobsen Chief Financial Officer
Suzanne Skrabo Permanency Clinical Manager


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Presidential Adoption Excellence Award Administration for Children and Families 1999
Advocate Award North American Council on Adoptable Children 2000
Congressional Angels in Adoption Award Angels in Adoption 2003
Outstanding Nonprofit of 2005 Nonprofit Resource Center 2004
Nevada County Children's Service Award Nevada County 2005
Outstanding Fund Raising Professional National Philanthrophy Day 2006
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Nathional Philanthropy Day 2006
Congressional Angels in Adoption Award - Kathy Van Osten Angels in Adoption 2009
Congressional Angels in Adoption Award - Jennifer Highley, MSW Angels in Adoption 2010
Congressional Angels in Adoption Award - Manuel Frausto Angels in Adoption 2012
Angel in Adoption Angels in Adoption 2012
Adoption Activist Award - Bob Herne, Executive Director North American Council on Adoptable Children 2013
Sandy Sertyn, LMFT - Number One Recruiter in North America The Dave Thomas Foundation - Wendy's Wonderful Kids 2014