Jump in to help: Foster VC Kids reminds community members the many ways to help local foster youth
The need is now. Becoming a resource parent means helping a child or teen by fostering, mentoring or providing permanency.
By: Foster VC Kids
"Even though foster care is temporary, caregivers (resource parents) play a critical role in helping to heal a child's trauma," said Judy Webber, Deputy Director, Department of Children & Family Services, Ventura County Human Services Agency. Webber added that "resource parents provide so much more than just a home, they help heal and strengthen families in our community through simple connections and understanding."
Additional resource families are needed now in Ventura County, especially in the cities of Oxnard and Ventura. In a recent radio interview supporting Foster VC Kids and encouraging community members to take action, Supervisor Steve Bennett said, "If you saw a youth drowning in a pool, you would immediately jump in to help. Foster youth are in that same kind of urgent need... Please jump in to help."
Resource parents – whether fostering, mentoring or providing permanency – have the full support of the Foster VC Kids team, including social workers. Extensive training and support services (including medical and dental care) are available to ensure caregivers have the tools to nurture, protect and care for local children and teens in need. Visit www.fostervckids.org/
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.