Typically, the process takes between 2-3 months time.
You may be called by our Placement team within 24 hours of being licensed.
You can begin today by watching the online Information video. We offer pre-service classes each month
Only one adult is required to be on the license.
Childcare is available during Pre-Service Trainings. Pre-Registration is required for all classes and child care. For training registration contact Kids & Families Together at 805-643-1446.For childcare registration, contact Channel Islands Social Services at 805-384-0983, with at least 48 hours notice. *Childcare is not offered for Orientations.
Yes, we provide 12 hours per month of free respite care.
You may own or rent.
No, you may be single, married or with a partner.
You need to provide evidence that you have adequate financial means to provide for the child in your care.
Children and Family Services is the local government child welfare agency with overall responsibility for all children in care. Live Scan background checks, CPR & First Aid Trainings, as well as your assessment are provided at no cost to you. After you submit your application, you are partnered up with a Foster VC Kids community services coordinator (CSC) for pre-approval assistance, access to resources, special funding and trainings as well as additional, ongoing supports for placements and any other needed areas in your role as a resource parent. Your CSC will be available to support you at any time during your time as a caregiver.
You will also be assigned an experienced Peer Partner Educator (PPE) to help mentor and walk alongside you on your journey as a caregiver. Your PPE can help build your network of support and provide coaching on day to day practical “how to” matters of caring for children. County approved homes also qualify for 12 hours of monthly respite (babysitting) at no cost, with the possibility of more depending on situation.
Under the Resource Family approval process, all families are eligible to adopt. Resource families may become forever families for the children in their care or children whose parental rights have been terminated. For more information, visit https://homeswithheartvc.org/adoption/
Ventura County only
Foster children receive health care, including dental and vision, through Ventura County’s Medi-Cal program, Gold Coast. Foster children are often eligible for mental health services, behavioral support services, psychiatric assessment and treatment, 24/7 crisis response, educational support and services that will enable them to lead independent and successful lives.
No, Children and Family Services is part of the Human Services Agency, County of Ventura. Nevertheless, we strongly support faith community engagement in fostering care.
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Yes. However, they must clear the background check process.
A fence must surround a pool for a child under the age of 10 or for children identified with special needs.