Homes with Heart VC is a program of The County of Ventura Human Services Agency, Children and Family Services (CFS). Homes With Heart VC is the foster parent and kinship caregiver information, resource and support arm of the county, working with community partners to ensure that our fostering and kinship families have the support they need to offer quality care.
is to protect children by strengthening families and ensure that children are nurtured and supported while in care.
Through engagement and meaningful relationships, Homes With Heart VC supports families to enhance safety, permanency, and well-being for their children. Preserving the primary family and support relationships is our priority. When this is not possible, Homes With Heart VC strives to ensure children will maintain and establish safe and nurturing relationships.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that children and families are better off as a result of our involvement and move closer to goals of safety, permanency, and well-being. Click here to learn more about foster care.
Quality foster care is all about fostering respectful partnerships and information sharing. It is important that caregivers know who to contact when they need information, resources, support or to share ideas or concerns.
This is a key priority of Homes With Heart VC’s Quality Parenting Initiative.
Foster VC Kids and the CFS RDS unit is led by a dedicated team that seeks to help families access additional services for the children in their care, find answers to questions and concerns, and navigate the child welfare system:
RDS Program Manager: Elizabeth Thasiah
• Supervisor: Keri Rushing-King
• Team of RDS Community Service Coordinators: Jaci Johnson, Ana Navarro (bilingual)
• Supervisor: Angelina McCormick-Soll
• Team of RDS Community Service Coordinators: Betty Cedeno, Elisa Carreno (bilingual), Janelle Montalvo , Ana Navarro (bilingual)
*For all caregivers who have a child with specialized medical needs, Ana Navarro will be assigned as a secondary Community Service Coordinator.
Our team is also made up of social workers, managers and staff throughout Children and Family Services. To find the name and contact information of a member of CFS, open the next tab below.
Click to view/download: Staff A-Z List
Foster VC Kids – 805-654-3220
Ongoing Social Worker Mainline – 805-240-2700
Adoptions – 805-240-2700
Licensing – 805-955-2290
Placement – 805-654-3405
Relative Approval – 805-654-3405
East County Region (Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark) – 805-955-2290
Eligibility (funding) – 805-654-3409
Youth Services Division – 805-240-2700
Emergency Response Social Workers – 805-654-3444
Court Unit – 805-654-3444
Clinics and Basic Services – 805-654-5536
The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is one of Foster VC Kids approaches to strengthening the quality of care provided to children and youth living in foster care. The goal of QPI is to develop a systematic approach to recruiting and supporting high-quality caregivers in our community and improving the quality of care for children in foster care by redefining the expectations of and support for fostering parents.
When QPI is successful, caregivers have a voice, not only in issues that affect the children they are caring for, but also in the way the system treats children and families. Fostering families, agency staff and birth parents work as a team to support children and youth. Fostering families receive the support and training they need to work with children and families and know what is expected as well as what to expect. Systems are then able to select and support enough excellent fostering families to meet the needs of each child.
With your assistance and that of other partners in our community, we can develop a Quality Parenting Initiative that will meet the needs of children in our community and improve information sharing and partnership between agency staff and fostering parents. Join us for an upcoming listening session or contact Foster VC Kids Program Manager Elizabeth Thasiah with any questions.
Living in partnership is central to raising healthy children and families. It takes a village and an entire county to provide the resources and support children in foster care need to thrive. Ventura County is blessed to share a strong and engaged partnership of providers and communities.
Foster VC Kids is guided by a partnership team comprised of leaders from the following organizations. We meet bi-monthly to develop strategies and address concerns in order to recruit new fostering families and improve the quality of care and support children and caregivers receive. If you would like to join our partnership team, please contact us.
Foster VC Kids Partnership Team:
Arrow Child & Family Ministries
Channel Islands Social Services
Child Hope Services
Children’s Services Auxiliary
Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA)
Dark to Dawn
Foster and Kinship Care Education Program of Ventura County Community Colleges
Hope 4 Kids
Kids & Families Together
Koinonia Family Services
The Office Supervisor Bennett
The Partnership for Safe Families & Communities of Ventura County
Ventura County Foster Parent Association
Ventura County Office of Education Foster Youth Services
Women of Substance Men of Honor