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 resource family and kinship caregiver information, resource and support arm of the county, working with community partners to ensure that our resource and kinship families have the support they need to offer quality care.
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.
We Believe families can keep their children safe with support
We Believe children should be cared for in a familiar, nurturing, and safe environment and while they are in care
We Believe every child is entitled to thrive through stability, family connections, quality treatment, and a voice in planning
We Believe through partnership and support, parents can grow and change in order to safely parent their children and if the children cannot return home
We Believe all children deserve a sense of belonging, and a permanent, unconditional commitment in a lifelong family
Dear Resource Families,
As the Deputy Director of Ventura County Children and Family Services (CFS), I would like to personally thank each of you for the decision that you have made to open up your home and provide our most vulnerable children youth and families with an atmosphere in which they can grow and prosper. There are no words that can truly express our appreciation for your dedication and unyielding support to serve our youth and provide them with the unconditional commitment they need and deserve. Your care and support are integral to our mission to protect children while strengthening families.
The partnership shared between CFS and our Resource Families is extremely invaluable and one that we hold in the highest regard. Once you are approved and have the first child/ren in your home, the weeks that lie ahead will be filled with both extreme delight and heartfelt challenges. We want you to know that the partnership we share with our resource parents will ensure that we celebrate the good moments together and that you receive the support needed to carry you through the difficult times. CFS goal is for our community to be one which is safe and supportive, where all children have educational success and are able to grow up to be productive and contributing adults. As we work to better understand the systemic issues impacting the overall well-being of our youth, we will be relying on Resource Families to help us identify system gaps and barriers that impede a child’s ability to navigate safely and timely towards reunification with their parents and long term permanency.
What this means is that your feedback helps us improve our system and is encouraged, welcomed and appreciated. I would like to thank you again for the life changing decision that you have made to provide a temporary home for our youth. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you in person in the upcoming months.
Deputy Director, County of Ventura Human Services Agency Children and Family Services
Quality resource 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.