Homes With Heart VC Foster Care | Homes With Heart VC

Welcome  to Homes With Heart VC (formerly Foster VC Kids), a program of Ventura County Children and Family Services.

There are no foster children or foster parents; there are only children in need and the parents who are willing to help. There are many children waiting for safe, loving and nurturing homes. Consider helping to fill that need.

What is Fostering?

Foster care is a relationship of fostering. Fostering is the process of helping a child grow to be an accepted, thriving member of the community, supported to reach their potential and live in a secure, safe and nurturing home.

The process of fostering pairs committed families with children in foster care, and whenever appropriate, their birth families. Families work together to establish stability for the child and encourage growth in mind, body and spirit of both the child and their birth family.

The goal is to encourage and foster growth in positive ways, to help children and families recognize their strengths, to work on their weaknesses and to seek a better life.


  • To bring up; nurture: bear and foster offspring.
  • To promote the growth and development of; cultivate.
  • To nurse; cherish: foster a secret hope.
  • synonyms: advance, bring up, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, incubate, nourish, nurse, nurture, promote, rear, raise

What is Foster Care?

When parents are unable to safely care for their children, we seek fostering and kinship caregivers who can provide the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, while working effectively with our Child Welfare team to achieve the best possible permanency option for that child. Foster Care is by definition a temporary situation.

Our goal is to help families stabilize and reunify whenever possible, serving best interests of the child. When reunification is not possible, we seek families to adopt and create stable, loving, forever homes for children in care.

Why do children enter foster care?

Children enter foster care for a number of reasons.  In Ventura County, the majority of children removed from their homes is due to general neglect.

General neglect is when a parent or caregiver fails to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision.

Child Welfare services are available to children and their families when children are victims of, or at risk of, neglect, abuse (emotional or physical), illegal drug exposure, sexual exploitation, or parental absence.

Responsibilities of Fostering Parents

Fostering parents will:

  • Provide daily care and nurture of children in foster care
  • Advocate for children in their schools and communities
  • Keep children in their school of origin whenever possible
  • Inform the children’s caseworkers about adjustments to the home, school and community, as well as any problems that may arise, including any serious illness, accidents or serious occurrences involving the children
  • Make efforts, as team members with the children’s caseworkers, toward reunifying the children with their birth families. Fostering families make a lifelong commitment to be a part of these children’s lives, regardless of where they are.
  • Provide a positive role model to birth families.
  • Help children learn life skills.

Sound like a mission you could undertake? Find out more about becoming a fostering parent.

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