Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Options For Recovery

Butte/Glenn Options for Recovery Program

The Options for Recovery (OFR) Program is a program that recruits and trains foster parents and relative caregivers in Butte and Glenn Counties. Our goal is to have trained and licensed foster homes dedicated to providing care to some of the most vulnerable children in our community in an effective and loving manner.

Every year over 100 children in Butte and Glenn Counties are born into situations that are dangerous for them.  When it is determined that children can longer remain in the care of their parents, the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services, Children’s Services Division, in collaboration with the Butte County Superior Court, may intervene.   

Children deserve to have a home where they can thrive. At Options for Recovery we are committed to reunifying children with their parents, but until the parents get help and get healthy, we have to keep these children safe.

That’s where you come in. Can you open your home to a baby or toddler in need?

We place children 0-5 (with the exception of sibling groups) in specially trained foster homes and offer support to these children and the families we partner with.

Options for Recovery serves children who are:

  • Medically diagnosed with symptoms resulting from, or suspected to be resulting from substance abuse by a parent, and/or HIV Positive

And are: 

  • Dependents of the Juvenile Court, newborn to 5 years old, and residents of either Butte or Glenn County.

Here’s how you can help!

Become a licensed Butte County Foster Home by attending our 48 hour intensive training covering subjects including, parenting, brain development, practical ways to work with substance exposed children and how to help children build resiliency.  

Our trained foster parents also participate in:  family friendly events for ongoing training and support, in home support, therapeutic play groups with an occupational therapist and additional supportive services. Please refer to the attached brochure for more information. 

If you are interested in learning more about the next training class click here.

Together we can help protect and provide for the kids in our community.

Contact us at 530.538.7896

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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
800.400.0902
Children's Services - South County
800.400.0902
Adult Services - Countywide
800.664.9774

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803

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Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Saturday
7:30am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Paradise Library - Paradise  5922 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969

Hours of operation within the Library are Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

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