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About The Parent Cooperative Community

PCC was founded in 1997 after countless hours of late night and weekend discussions between like minded parents of adoptive children with special needs. These parents were peers and fellow service providers ... physical therapists, occupational therapists, credentialed teachers, professors, licensed therapists, psychiatrists and more. We found that while our children were individuals, the challenges they faced in the community were similar; and the challenges we faced towards meeting their needs were similar. Read more ...

Our Mission Statement

The PCC Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the resources, training, and support necessary to cooperatively assist adoptive families with children whose histories of institutionalization, abuse, neglect and multiple placements have rendered them unable to benefit from the services of other more traditional community providers.

The Facilities

Outside Patio Play Area cats Dining Room
Our Facility is a big nine bedroom house with a full deck on over an acre. We are within a ten minute walk of the American River Parkway where our participants swim, fish, kayak, hike and build forts. Our backyard farm includes a vegetable garden, fruit and nut trees and many different kinds of berries that our participants care for and harvest. Our barn boasts chickens, ducks and rabbits. The deck and patio provide room for workout equipment, several seating areas, and a sensory-motor area that expands to an extensive play structure. Our participants enjoy playing basketball and street hockey on the uncovered patio as well. The classroom is comfortable and modern with computers and equipment to accommodate a variety of sensory-motor and learning challenges. Therapy offices are in house saving the participants and their families the time and upset associated with transitions. Our music room holds a variety of instruments and equipment for individual and group lessons. View more photos

Meet Our Staff

Carla DeRose MA, MFT
TBRI EducatorCarla DeRose MA, MFT Director
TBRI Educator

Carla and her husband Edward are the parents of seven adopted children and one birth child. Additionally they have been guardian parents to several children and are raising their grandson. Growing their family via adoption and guardianship parenting seemed like a natural outgrown of their separate careers as mental health professionals in the adoption field. Carla and Edward along with several other adoptive families founded The Parent Cooperative Community in order to fill the unmet needs of their own and other adoptive families of children from difficult beginnings. As the director of this small non-profit, she wears many hats. Her top priority is always to facilitate the development of skills, resources and connection within families and the adoptive community. Carla enjoys sharing meals, playing sports and table games together. She loves weekend get-aways (with and without her family). During quiet time, she loves to research, read, write garden and take photographs. Time spent at the river with her grandson and dog are her favorite things.

Visit Our Photo Gallery!

Our facility sits on a beautiful acre of land in Fair Oaks, California. We have nine inviting bedrooms, a spacious dining room and kitchen and plenty of room to meet and interact throughout the house. The bedrooms offer sanctuary and are great to get away for a little introspection when needed. We have friendly dogs and cats that love children and a barnyard with chickens, ducks, a pig, a sheep and even a pony! The backyard has a jungle gym, playhouses, exercise equipment, trampoline and teatherball to release that pent up energy or a serene enclosed patio for anyone who just wants to relax and enjoy the view. Visit the gallery
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I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you do. Your efforts with Heart to Heart and PCC have created opportunities for both families and kids to connect and better understand the issues that we all go through on a regular basis. Before I found Heart to Heart, I had felt very much alone in the world of adoption and more specifically, the issues that can come with adoption.

I had been searching for a support group for a while and had been unable to find anything. It was difficult to feel that there was virtually no one that understood what we ... Read more
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