Support Services Programs

Support Services Programs

kinship-brochure-thumbWhat is Kinship Care

Kinship Care, sometimes referred to as “relative care,” is the full time parenting of children by grandparents, other relatives, neighbors or friends of the family.

Many of these caregivers may be seniors, in poor health, socially isolated and/or emotionally and financially unprepared to assume the responsibilities of children who may have emotional and behavioral issues resulting from separation, grief, loss, multiple placements, prenatal exposure to drugs, and/or abuse or neglect.

Why does Kinship Care Exist?

When a child’s parent (s) is: in treatment for addiction challenges, unable to meet parental responsibilities resulting in Children & family Services removing the child, Incarcerated, critically ill or passes away.

Types of Arrangements
  • Formal Arrangements: with public agency jurisdiction and oversight
  • Informal Arrangements: by family members (adoption and legal guardianship)
Support Services Program

Kids & Families Together provides clinical therapy and education support services for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Caregivers in Ventura County. Through contracts with Ventura County Human Services Agency (HSA) our Kinship Support Services Program provides support services to kinship caregivers, and court dependent children placed in their homes by the juvenile court, also to kinship caregivers with informal arrangements. Our contract with Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is also aimed at helping Kinship Caregivers do the best job they can in raising these children through education-support services, K&FT referrals to collaborative agencies, support and resources groups, K&FT Food Pantry, medical, and financial education.

Services include our Peer Partner & Educator Program (PPE). PPEs are para-professionals working with Foster and Kinship caregivers in helping caregivers understand the Child Welfare System, Trauma Informed Care, and how to navigate and utilize community resources as it pertains to kinship care.

For more information on our support services program or copies of our brochures, please contact Raul Zapata at 805.643.1446 Ext. 107 or Kim Becker at 805.643.1446 Ext. 112.

Kinship Support & Resources Groups

Under the KSSP program, we offer Kinship Support and Resources groups for grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or other relatives raising children.  This group is facilitated by para-professional staff and experienced caregivers who understand the struggles of raising the child of a relative, friend, or neighbor.

Where & When:

  • Camarillo: last Thursday of the month, 6-8pm at 5251 Verdugo Rd. Suite G., Camarillo, Channel Island Social Services
  • Oxnard: (Spanish) 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6-8:00pm at 910 S. E St., Driffil Elementary School
  • Santa Paula:  (Bilingual) 4th Tuesday of the month 6-8pm at 214 10th Street, First 5 Neighborhood for Learning
  • Simi Valley: 3rd Wednesday, 6-8pm at 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley Senior Center
  • Ventura: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8pm at 856 E. Thompson Blvd, Kids & Families Together Center
  • Thousand Oaks: 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm at 401 Hodencamp Rd., Senior Concerns
  • Ojai: 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at 105 E. Topa Topa St., Ojai Valley Wesleyan Church

Please contact Alma Acosta at 805.643.1446 Ext. 125 for more information and to sign up.

Our program also includes counseling support and resources. Click here for the Clinical Services page.