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COVID-19 Information for Santa Barbara County Resource Families

April 3, 2020 Dear Caregivers and Community Partners, We are facing a truly unprecedented and challenging situation with the Coronavirus outbreak. However, we know that the connections we have made with you, our caregivers and stakeholders, will help us weather this storm. We appreciate all of the efforts everyone has made to adjust to social...
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An Afternoon of Encouragement at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Educating Families on Ways to Help Youth in Care Our County. Our Kids. A program of Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, were warmly welcomed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base for a meeting and talk to highlight ways in which to help youth in care by becoming a resource family for them. Sharing love,...
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San Marcos High School Students Ignite Passion for Foster Youth Through Student-Organized Foster Program

San Marcos High School Students Ignite Passion for Foster Youth Through Student-Organized Foster Program Frank Koroshec, founded the Resource Family Association Student Support Team (RFASST) in the fall of 2015 at San Marcos High School, to support local resource families and foster youth Students at San Marcos High School are creating excitement and bringing awareness...
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From Foster Care to Football: A Winner’s Story

Entering high school may be one of the most exciting and intimidating experiences in any young teen’s life. But for Justin Riggs, the devastating and sudden loss of his mother from diabetes complications prompting his transition into the foster care system, was the game-changer he didn’t see coming. Through Santa Barbara County Department of Social...
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Mom to 213 Delights in Reuniting Families, Celebrating Daily Life

Sometimes, becoming a resource family to kids in foster care is about celebrating the little things: school improvements, soccer games, and positive attitude shifts along with birthdays and anniversaries. And other times, it’s about celebrating the sheer magnitude of a family reuniting. At Santa Barbara native Lillian Pipersburg’s house, it’s about both. Pipersburg and her...
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Local Resource Family Writes New Definition of Family

Today, the meaning of “family” has become increasingly inclusive and diverse.  Perhaps no one better exemplifies this trend than Matt and Michael Pennon, a Santa Maria couple who are writing their own definition of family while positively affecting the lives of foster children and youth in Santa Barbara County.  Resource parents like the Pennons are...
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