Programs


Please choose one of the options below for more information on programs and services:

Strengthening Adoptive Families Through Education (SAFE)

In partnership with Ventura County Children & Family Services. Available for pre and post adoptive families. In-home family therapy and psychoeducation on topics relevant to adoptive families such as trauma, attachment, grief and loss, therapeutic parenting, adoption specific issues and resources, and more.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 180, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Support & Education and Training (SET)

In partnership with the Ventura county Community College District and Ventura County Children & Family Services. For foster and kinship resource caregivers within Ventura County Child Welfare. In-home services consisting of psychoeducation and support on topics such as complex trauma, attachment, therapeutic parenting, development, challenge behaviors, self-care, and so on. Earn training hours!
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 180, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Guardian Stabilization Program (GSP)

In partnership with Ventura County Children & Family Services. For legal guardians with children from the Ventura County Child Welfare System. In-home family therapy and psychoeducation on topics relevant to caregivers raising children with a history of trauma and attachment disruption.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 180, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Peer Partner and Educator Program (PPE)

In partnership with Ventura County Community College District and Ventura County Human Services Agency. Available to kinship caregivers within Ventura County that have come together through foster/resource, kinship, legal guardianship, and adoption. This program connects caregivers with para professionals experienced in relative/resource care, who provide education and support services to help caregivers navigate the Child Welfare System and community resources.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 112, kssp@kidsandfamilies.org

Pre-Service Training (PST)

In partnership with Homes with Heart VC, K&FT offers required training to learn about the resource family approval process and benefits of being a Resource Parent. RFA is a family-friendly and child-centered caregiver approval process that combines elements of the current foster parent licensing, relative approval, and approvals for adoption and guardianship processes and replaces those processes. The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), in partnership with caregivers, aims to redesign child welfare organizations at the local level to better recruit, support, and retain quality foster caregivers who can effectively parent vulnerable children and youth.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 151

Short Term Service Program (STS)

A subset of EPSDT that provides a thorough assessment for the 0-5 population in Child Welfare. Assessment focuses on psychosocial-emotional development and the parent-child relationship to determine need for ongoing treatment. Caregivers are provided psychoeducation on development, attachment, trauma, therapeutic parenting, play, co-parenting, early intervention strategies, and more. Additionally, services focus on strengthening the family support system and linage to community resources as needed.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 115, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)

In Partnership with Ventura County Behavioral Health. Trauma-informed and attachment-focused clinical services for Medi-Cal eligible children/youth. Services are family drive, in-home and.or in-office and provide counseling and case management services for children and adolescents who are or have been involved with the Child Welfare System. Weekly therapy sessions for children and adolescents are tailored to the emotional and behavioral needs of the child, with a focus on strengthening the bonds of attachment between the child and primary caregiver. For this reason, sessions usually include both the child and the caregiver(s).
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 115, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

SAFE Reconnection Program

In partnership with Ventura County Children & Family Services. For older adopted youth and adults adopted from Ventura County Dependency Court wanting to search for birth famiiles. Services include a thorough assessment, assistance in gathering and organizing documenting, psychoeducation, and therapeutic support to emotionally prepare for contact.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 180, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Relational Assessment Program (RAP)

In partnership with Ventura County Children & Family Services. Available to birth parents from within the Child Welfare System in family maintenance. In-home clinical services provide psychoeducation and therapeutic family support services to stabilize families and strengthen their attachments to their child(ren). Social worker referral required.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 144, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Therapeutic Visitation Center (TVC)

In partnership with Ventura County Children & Family Services. Available to birth parents in the process of family reunification within the Child Welfare System. Services consist of therapeutic parent and child sessions (visits) focused on strengthening relationships and re-integrating the family in preparation for reunification. Parent support groups and psychoeducation training on attachment, parenting styles, and complex trauma also included. Social worker referral required.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 144, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Parent Advocate Services (PAS)

In this program, Parent Partners who are para-professionals who have had the lived experience of being involved with child welfare and successfully reunifying with their children, have the chance to support parents who are currently in those same circumstances. Parent Partners mentor, support, and advocate for parents as they also empower them to advocate for themselves. In addition to Parent Partners, there will be identified Parent Leaders who will have opportunities to share their stories and experiences with service providers and decision makers, influencing and changing policy. Parent Leaders bring a unique perspective and can use their voice to effect change in the child welfare system. This program is for birth parents involved with CFS and requires a referral from the Social Worker.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 175, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

Parent Education and Support (PES)

Parent Educators provide in-home support to parents while collaborating with the assigned social worker and making referrals to other community services and resources as necessary. Parents who are at risk of having their children removed or have had their children removed may be referred to work with Parent Educators who support them in developing key life and parenting skills so that parents can provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children. This program is for birth parents involved with CFS and requires a referral from the Social Worker.
Contact: 805-643-1446 Ext. 175, referrals@kidsandfamilies.org

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