Copper for kids


The number of children in the US foster care system


The number of children who are eligible for adoption


The number of children in the foster care system in California

What is Copper for kids?

Started by a PHCC of California Board of Director

Board Director Terry Risse of Iron Mechanical, worked previously with Sierra Forever Families in finding forever homes for children in the foster care system. Stanford Youth Solutions and Sierra Forever Families merged in July 2019.

In 2013, the PHCC of California Board of Directors voted to create the Stanford Sierra Youth & Families program to unite membership in assisting local foster agencies statewide find foster children forever homes.

Finding forever families for children in foster care:

Decreases the number of homelessness

Lessens the illegal activities in the community

Reduces the inmate population in prisons

Ends the cycle of abuse

Teaches them how to value themselves, their family, and their community

Jason was found in a bar parking lot on the side of a highway at the age of 3 with a hammer in his hand, looking for food to eat. Local law enforcement was contacted and when they went to Jason’s house, they found his brother, Nolan, unattended with no adult home. 

In January 2013, the boys were referred to Sierra Forever Families’ CapKids program to work towards finding an adoptive family for them.  After meeting with a prospective family, the family decided that they wanted to meet Jason and Nolan.

The boys began to form healthy and natural bonds with their adoptive family and were uniquely able to pull the boys out of their shells and be kids. After many visits, the boys were
placed into their new home. Since then, the boys have eased into regular classes and developed healthy relationships with peers. They also enjoy boating, camping, hiking, drive-in movies, and birthday parties with friends.

Jason and Nolan’s forever family was finalized on April 26th .

How To Participate in Copper for Kids

1. Contact

  • Signage for the copper collection receptacle

  • Vehicle truck sticker

  • Recognition in The eUpdate and at PHCC West 2018

  • PDF files of:

    • A poster to display in break room
    • Tri-fold brochures to distribute to employees


2. Collect

Collect scrap copper from shop projects and job sites

3. Sell

Sell collected scrap copper at the local copper recycling center

4. Donate

Donate 100% of proceeds to the PHCC Education Foundation

5. Give

Give hope to a child with comfort and the security of a forever home

Copper for kids Recycle Station

Use Account #PHCC00 at any of these Sims Metal Management locations and your recycle donation goes straight to PHCC of California Stanford Sierra Youth & Families!


Help Us Meet The Goal

On average it costs foster agencies $5,000 to place a child in a forever home.

  • PHCC of the Sacramento Valley
    Contact: Christie Shorrock, Director of Development & Public Relations
    Sierra Forever Families
    Ph: 916-368-5114 x 346

  • PHCC of the Greater Los Angeles Area
    Contact: Jean Sweeney, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
    Children’s Bureau
    Ph: 213-342-0143

  • PHCC of Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino
    Contact: Jean Sweeney, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    Children’s Bureau
    Ph: 213-342-0413

  • PHCC of Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino
    Contact: Lupe Barrera, Manager
    Orangewood Children’s Foundation
    1575 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    714-619-0220 Ph
    (Not on Copper for Kids Approved List)

  • PHCC San Diego
    Contact: Teresa Stivers, Executive Director
    Walden Family Services
    Ph: 619-727-5881

  • PHCC of Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
    PHCC of the Redwood Empire
    PHCC of San Francisco & San Mateo Counties
    Contact: Jill Jacobs, Executive Director
    Family Builders
    Ph: 510-272-0204
    Fx: 510-272-0277

Take The Pledge

By selling collected scrap copper and donating the proceeds to PHCC Education Foundation or a local PHCC Chapter, this helps create a brighter future for a child in foster care!

Copper for Kids Contributors

$4000 & Over
Geno & Anthony Caccia, James Caccia Plumbing, Inc.

$3000 & Over
PHCC of the Greater Los Angeles Area

$2500 & Over
PHCC of San Diego

$1500 & Over

Terry & Jed Risse, Iron Mechanical
Steve Cranny, Boyett Petroleum

$500 & Over
  • Louis Senteno, J & D Plumbing

  • Guy Tankersley, Cal Delta Plumbing, Inc.

  • John & Connie Stevenson, John Stevenson Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.

  • Arnie & Lynell Rodio, Pace Setter Plumbing, Inc.

  • Robert Knight, All Knight Plumbing

  • PHCC of the Greater Los Angeles Area

$250 & Over
  • Chris Goodwin & Nick Goodwin, Plumbworks

  • Maria Neumann, Water Damage Recovery, Inc.

  • George & Yvette Salet, George Salet Plumbing, Inc.

  • Dominic Sigillo, Sigillo Supply, Inc.

$100 & Over
  • Gessa Change, Cabrillo Plumbing

  • Rich Delany, Mr. Rooter of San Francisco

  • Mark Freed, Howard C. Fletcher Co

  • Kevin Gray, Cornely Co.

  • Jeff Wise, James Caccia Plumbing, Inc.

  • John Rossi, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

  • Eve Segasture & Michael Ciofalo, Professor Plumb

  • David & Betty Thomas

  • Karen Hsu, Cal Steam

  • Brooke Nizuk, PHCC of San Francisco & San Mateo Counties

Key Contributors
  • Katie Rodio, Pace Setter Plumbing, Inc.

  • Florence Selli

  • Al Morris, Zurier

  • David Peacock, Affirmative Residential

  • Lindsay Buchanan, Emergency Services Restoration

  • Chris & Nick Goodwin, Plumbworks

  • Greg Golin, Colonial Life

  • Grace Santana

  • Jennifer Williams, Frame It Right

  • Jerry & Tracy Threlfall

  • Renata Pearson

  • Moe Viamu, James Caccia Plumbing, Inc.

  • Steve Panelli

  • Richard Martinez, Elmco & Associates

  • Michael Lien, Tric Tools

  • Gerrold Hopping, Pierce Plumbing

  • Richard & Elaine Carrington

  • Chip Greene, Greene & Associates