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Youth served by Probation or Child Welfare Services (CWS) who are supported by a loving resource or kinship/relative home experience much better outcomes. You can make the difference by providing a supportive family environment for a young person looking for a new beginning to change their lives.
Maximizing the potential of today’s youth, one child at a time
Enacted in 2015, the Continuum of Care Reform programs of the California Department of Social Services are writing a new chapter in the State’s Foster Care system. Instead of relying on group homes as the primary option for youth addressing their trauma histories, caring families can step in to help youth in the care of Probation or CWS move in a positive direction. This bold, innovative approach depends on compassionate, loving caregivers dedicated to helping young people realize their true potential.
The County of Santa Barbara Departments of Social Services and Probation work tirelessly to rebuild lives. We are looking for people who can provide a sense of belonging and emotional support to transition our youth into a home environment and on the path to a full life. Your contributions as a resource (foster) parent have already benefited the lives in which you have had a positive influence. Here is an opportunity to do more, much more.
How you can help us meet the challenge
Be a part of the team
Be that someone that is there
We invite you to be the difference in a child’s life
A loving circle of family and kin provide youth supervised by CWS or Probation with the best chance at finding their way. When trauma is expressed through disproportionate behaviors or emotional reactions, the Courts place these young people in-group settings, where they can be provided with treatment and support to learn to manage their trauma history.
Opening your home and your heart to a young person in their formative years is one of the most rewarding ways to make a lasting impact. Being a resource or kinship parent to those in most need of a life-altering experience is a rare opportunity. It takes special people imbued with compassion, fortitude, patience, and wisdom. We invite you to play the crucial role necessary to contribute to the development of skills essential to becoming a mature, fully realized young man or woman.
Parents that can commit to meet a child’s need for unconditional love and acceptance are not alone in their mission. You will have the continuous support of appropriate and personalized treatment plans monitored by CWS and Probation. This may mean working with CWS or Probation to establish a permanency team for the youth that will support her or him across the range of living options – from a short term therapeutic setting, to a home environment that can work with Our County. Our Kids. to provide a loving, safe and therapeutic home – giving youth a much needed chance.