Program connects foster youth and caregivers with local businesses;and is a timely boost for Ventura
Foster VC Kids "Businesses With Heart" program offers discounts to help children and their fostering families; increases business and builds goodwill in the community.
By: Foster VC Kids
With nearly 35 local businesses already participating, Businesses With Heart partners are benefitting from their alignment with Foster VC Kids; corporate partner Chipotle Mexican Grill has hosted three job fairs and hired more than 10 foster youth in restaurants, Rest for Less donated 16 new beds to foster families, some of whom were affected by the Thomas Fire, and other businesses have seen increased foot traffic, cross-promotions on social media and community recognition for their support of foster children, youth and families. Businesses With Heart information is available at www.fostervckids.org/
In Ventura County there are nearly 900 children and teens in need of a safe, stable and loving home environment – especially in the cities of Oxnard and Ventura. These children are waiting for a foster home with resource parents who will make either a short-term or long-term commitment, providing guidance and hope to help them thrive while separated from their families of origin.
Foster VC Kids provides extensive training and support to ensure caregivers have the resources to nurture, protect and care for local youth in need. According to a recent study by UC Davis, 52% of respondents cited financial concerns as a barrier to becoming a caregiver. Businesses With Heart seeks to reduce some of the perceived financial barriers by enhancing the network of support. The program also connects our community with foster youth and helps build a deeper understanding/
About Foster VC Kids, a program of Ventura County's Children and Family Services
Recognized as a best practices leader statewide in the family recruitment and support component of child welfare, Foster VC Kids provides resource families with ongoing support services, trauma-informed training, and mentorship to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of Ventura County's youth and families. Learn how Foster VC Kids is making a difference throughout Ventura County, www.fostervckids.org.
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