About Us

Helping Children Since 1995

Family Solutions provides healthy home environments for neglected and abused youth and non-minor dependents that will enable them to heal and live happy healthy lives. Family Solutions supports reunification of foster children with their biological family; however, if reunification is not possible, we work with our community partners to find the best permanent plan, which can include adoption or guardianship.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Family Solutions is to provide safe and loving homes, families and services that will enable foster children in our care to heal from family trauma and develop into strong, self-reliant, moral adults. We are devoted to nurturing children’s emotional, social, spiritual, academic and physical development. We also strive to support families in establishing healthy, productive, supportive family systems; in so doing, we prepare a supportive home environment in which children can grow.

Service and Population Area

Family Solutions serves children and youth between the ages of birth to 18 years of age as well as non-minor dependents to their 21st birthday.

Family Solutions certifies Foster Families throughout Butte County. Child placements come primarily from Butte County Children’s Services Division, but occasionally come from surrounding counties (Glenn, Trinity, Yuba, etc.)

Meet Our Team

Current Staff

Family Solutions works hard to train and maintain only the most excellent employees to work side-by-side with our Foster Families.

Trishanne Lininger, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Trishanne Lininger, MA, LMFT, LPCCExecutive Director
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Courtney CC Calkins, MA, LMFT
Courtney CC Calkins, MA, LMFTSupervising Social Worker
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Melanie Whelchel, ACSW
Melanie Whelchel, ACSWSocial Worker
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Jessye Barstow, BS
Jessye Barstow, BSOffice Manager


Family Solutions is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of community members elected to represent our stakeholders. The Board of Directors is vital to the success of our agency by:

  • Ensuring Family Solutions’ financial success
  • Ensuring that policy decisions are made in accordance with our Mission and Vision Statements
  • Guiding and monitoring the goals of the agency
  • Providing a check and balance system for our Administration
  • …and much, much more.

We are incredibly grateful for each of our Board Members as they volunteer their time in order to ensure the safety and care of the children we serve.

Board President
Tom Ortner, MHA

Sue Taylor

Susan Hubbard, MA
Whit Taylor, MBA, CPA, AAMS

Job Opportunities

Family Solutions does not have any available job opportunities at this time.