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LOCAL FOSTER CARE RESOURCES

ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

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AMERICAN CHARITIES

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ASPIRA NET

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ANGELS FOSTER CARE:

  • ABOUT: Our mission is to rescue abused, abandoned, and neglected young children, match them with a select group of foster parents, and ensure the maximum emotional, social, and intellectual development of each child.
  • RESOURCES: Parenting classes- From safety, to child psychology, to physical development, to bonding theory, our parents learn everything they need to become the best possible foster parents. Specializing in placing infants and toddlers with exceptional families.  The use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) to gauge the psychological capacity to foster of prospective Angels families- Infants in Crisis Project: intensive recruiting, screening, training, and support of our foster parents.  Collaborations with hospitals, children’s shelters, and county agencies, who refer babies to us for placement.
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ARROW CHILD & FAMILY MINISTRIES

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ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF SANTA BARBARA

  • ABOUT: Assistance League of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that develops and implements philanthropic programs to benefit children and adults in Santa Barbara County.
  • RESOURCES:  Bear H.U.G.S: “Huggy Bears” have been distributed for the purpose of comforting children and adults in severe trauma situations.  Family Learning Program: Provides tutoring, mentoring and support to participating children and their families.  Fostering Friends: Helps emancipating(ed) foster teens make the transition from foster care to independent living by partnering with local agencies to provide teens with clothing for school and work.  Operation School Bell: Children are identified by the area schools administration and provided with clothing, books, backpacks and health kits.  Santa Barbara Smiles: Focuses on dental health education for low-income children and adults in Santa Barbara and provides dental hygiene kits and educational activity booklets to children and adults who attend the Eastside Family Dental Clinic. Teen School Bell and Operation Prom Dress: Helps with clothing Jr. High and High school age children.
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BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON FOSTER CARE

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CALM

  • ABOUT: Our mission is to prevent, assess, and treat child abuse by providing comprehensive, culturally competent, services for children, families and adults CALM offers a safe, non-judgmental, caring and strength-based environment to heal and increase family well being
  • RESOURCES: Helping Others in Parenting Environments (HOPE) was developed in recognition of the trauma experienced by children who enter the foster care system. HOPE is an array of intensive in-home services available to children and parents in foster home and extended family home placements. The HOPE program combines skill-based intervention with maximum flexibility so that services are available to families and foster homes according to their unique needs.
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CASA PACIFICA

  • ABOUT: Mission is To provide hope and help for abused, neglected or at-risk children and their families. Casa Pacifica serves abused, neglected and severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents from the Tri-County areas of Southern California through an array of supportive and treatment programs.
  • RESOURCES: Therapeutic Behavioral Services: Casa Pacifica is the only TBS provider in Santa Barbara. TBS is a short-term, intensive, supplemental mental health service designed to assist children in either preserving a current placement when they are in jeopardy of moving to a higher level of care or helping them move back home and into their community. TBS counselors spend most of their time implementing behavioral interventions with the child and working with parents and caregivers to use effectively behavioral plans.BED-BASIS SERVICES… Crisis Care Program: Casa Pacifica provides temporary shelter for children aged birth through five, 6-12, 13-17 who are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Temporary, short-term placement for children entering the child welfare system or who are in foster care but have had an unsuccessful foster home or group home placement. Children receive immediate medical attention and educational and social emotional assessments intended to assist Child Protective Services and the dependency court judge in making the best decisions possible as they plan for the child’s future.Residential Treatment Program: Children ages 11 through 17 who have proven too difficult for a group home or foster home setting require intensive residential treatment for an extended period of time. Each child/youth in this special program has an individualized treatment plan specifically tailored to his/her needs. Based on cognitive/ behavioral principles, this highly structured experiential program is designed to teach children cognitive strategies and social skills that will enable them to live effective and fulfilling lives at home and in the community.EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: Non-public Special Education School: The Casa Pacifica nonpublic school focuses on a therapeutic and relationship building approach to help students progress and if appropriate return to a less restrictive environment as quickly as possible
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CHILD WELFARE SERVICES, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

  • ABOUT: Train licensed foster parent & licenses adoptive parents in the County of Santa Barbara.
  • RESOURCES: Child Welfare Services offers an Orientation and Classes for persons interested in becoming a licensed foster parent and or adoptive parent. Becoming a licensed foster parent/ adoptive parent legally allows you to care for children in your home. Financial assistance is available to help offset the cost of parenting.
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COMMUNITY ONE:27 

  • ABOUT: We are building an intentional orphan care culture through international orphan care, adoption, and foster care.
  • RESOURCES: Orphan Care, Adoption seminars, Adoption Story Nights, Journey Pack service projects, Orphan Sunday
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CUESTA COLLEGE

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CYC – CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION

  • ABOUT: CYC is a non-profit organization that was created and lead by current and emancipated foster youth. There are over 30 CYC chapters state wide that gives foster youth age 14-24 an opportunity to learn leadership skills, empowerment, and a sense of unity.  By working as one, CYC will change the system that raised them.
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FAMILY CARE NETWORK, INC.

  • ABOUT: Mission is to enhance the wellbeing of children and families in partnership with our community.
  • RESOURCES: The Family Care Network provides 17 distinct programs within five service divisions:Therapeutic Foster Care (North County);Family Support Services (North County);Transitional Housing Services: THP-Plus (Transitional Housing Placement Plus Services program): Affordable, safe, secure, supportive transitional housing program. ILP (Independent Living Program): For foster youth ages 14-??, programs and services that help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to support their own independence.Prevention and Early Intervention Services;Community-Linked Services.
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FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION, SBCC


SB COUNTY FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION

  • ABOUT: The Santa Barbara County Foster Parent Association exists to EQUIP, ENCOURAGE, and ENERGIZE foster parents in Santa Barbara County.
  • RESOURCES: We are a non-profit organization offering support groups, training meetings, and resources for foster and adoptive families in Santa Barbara County.
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FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES (County Schools)

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GOD’S HAVENS FOR CHILDREN FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY
(San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties)

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GUARDIAN SCHOLARS SBCC 

  • ABOUT: This special club is for former Foster Youth and other students without parental support. There are many students in the situation and currently only 1% of foster youth ever graduate from college. This club was created to help change that. Guardian Scholars brings a group of young adults together to support one another to succeed both in college and life. If you were in the Foster Care system, or just on your own at a young age…students without family support this club could be for you.
  • RESOURCES: Our goals are simple…to help you get the maximum financial support through financial aid, scholarships and book grants as well as the emotional support between peers.
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GUARDIAN SCHOLARS UCSB

  • ABOUT: The UCSB Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal success for students who have been part of the foster care system; Participate in advocacy efforts both on campus and statewide to promote awareness of issues affecting foster youth.
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KINCARES

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KOINONIA FAMILY SERVICES

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LEGACY FAMILY SERVICES

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PARENTCLICK.com

  • ParentClick.com is an online publisher that provides a pulse on the local scene and a city guide for families. ParentClick.com features a Foster Care Community Santa Barbara page for sharing information relevant to foster children and their families and service providers on the Central Coast.
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PATHWAY FAMILY SERVICES

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ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP

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ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA

  • ABOUT: The foundation has donated funds to programs and organizations of Santa Barbara designed to improve the quality of life for youth, seniors, and the disadvantaged as well as organizations that provide art, music, theater, school programs, and scholarships.
  • RESOURCES: Foster Children Giving Program: For close to 10 years our Club has raised funds for the purchase of Christmas gifts for the foster children in the Santa Barbara area.
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SAINT CECILIA SOCIETY

  • ABOUT: Our mission is helping people in need defray their hospital or other unmet medical bills.
  • RESOURCES: St. Cecilia Society may fund diagnostic testing, prescription medications, mental health care, dental care, hearing aids or other medical devices, in addition to paying for hospital stays and physician care. While the St. Cecilia Society cannot meet every demand, we can-and do-make a significant difference in the lives of those struggling with overwhelming medical costs.
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY COMMISSION FOR WOMEN

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION

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  • RESOURCES: Independent Living Services: *Children’s services *Communication services * Family services *Mental restoration *Preventive services * Therapeutic treatment *Transportation services *Youth services *Vocational services *Any other services that promote independent living
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY EDUCATION OFFICE

  • ABOUT: Foster Youth Services (FYS)/Group Home-Juvenile Detention  —  Facilities Tutoring and Transition Programs… Transitional Youth Services (TYS) serves the educational needs of students who are homeless or in foster care, throughout Santa Barbara County. The overriding mission of TYS is to do whatever it takes to help remove the barriers to homeless and foster care students accessing and achieving in their education.
  • RESOURCES: TYS supplementary educational services in the form of after-school tutoring seek to remediate educational deficits that are often the result of missed school and frequent moves. Educational case management services help to address some of the broader challenges that impede students’ learning and achievement. In response to referrals from schools, homeless shelters, foster parents, group homes, social workers, probation officers, and others, TYS case workers provide students with school supplies, clothing, assistance with accessing social services, special education, or other needed services, assistance with college or career planning, applications, and anything else that will help students pursue a successful future.
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SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION OF SANTA BARBARA

  • ABOUT: The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara inspires, encourages, and supports Santa Barbara County students in their pursuit of college, graduate, and vocational school education through financial aid advising and the granting of scholarships
  • RESOURCES: The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara can help students get the money they need to pay for college. Our comprehensive information and financial support, together with college and financial aid counseling, can help students get to college and succeed while they’re there. • Undergraduate, Vocational and Technical School Scholarships • Medical School, Graduate School, and Professional School Scholarships • Specialty Scholarship Programs for specific types of students and interests • No-interest Loans for Undergraduate, Vocational and Technical School Students • No-interest Loans for Medical School Students • Financial Aid Advising
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YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES – YMCA

  • ABOUT: The Youth and Family Services branch is the social service arm of the Channel Islands YMCA and reaches into many sectors of the Santa Barbara, Goleta and Isla Vista community providing comprehensive services to the children, youth, young adults and their families.
  • RESOURCES:  Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter: 8 bed licensed group home that provides temporary foster care as well as shelter for runaway and homeless youth. The Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.My Home: A collaborative program with the Santa Barbara Housing Authority that provides transitional housing and on-site case management, as well as life skills, employment, education and counseling services for emancipated foster youth ages 18-21.Support and Outreach Services: S.O.S. teams reach out to youth living on the streets, offering basic needs assistance, counseling and case management.Isla Vista Teen Center: Quality after school programs, enrichment opportunities and recreation for young people grades 6-12.
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