But for about 80 San Benito County children who are placed in foster care in other counties, Thanksgiving is a holiday that will be spent far away from family and friends in an unfamiliar community. The number of children needing foster care in San Benito County is growing, but only six foster homes are licensed by the county to take care of them, said Donna Elmhorst of San Benito County Protective Services, and only two of the six homes accept children on a short-term basis. This makes it very difficult to place children locally, which can make the transition to foster care even more difficult for the kids, said Elmhorst.
Ginni RingExecutive Director Ginni joined Alameda County CASA as executive director innow with 30 years combined experience in direct service to youth and families, supervision, management, fund research and development, and program and fiscal analysis in both public and non- profit social services and health care agencies. Over the past four years her focus has been on developing a strong professional internal team and collaborative partnerships with stakeholder agencies to serve more youth in foster cares and to improve standards of practice. She has lead initiatives to improve specialized training of volunteers in education and transition-age youth including piloting a Fostering Futures curriculum; implemented the Peer Coordinator model for coaching new volunteers; initiated a youth outcomes measurement pilot project, coordinated a diverse stakeholder strategic planning process inand secured numerous grants and unrestricted funds for the nonprofit organization.
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The dinner was a thank-you to local foster families and those that are in training to become foster families. Through continued communication between the county, Kinship, CASA and families, Kinship will be better prepared to help and support our foster families. Murphy shared with the group about the services that will be available locally through Kinship.
Adoptive parents are prepared and continually supported through the adoption process. Services provided by Kinship Center include specialized education and preparation for adoptive parents, the appropriate matching of prospective parents with children, individualized services for each child, ongoing professional support including post-adoption counseling and education, regular support groups and the friendship and support of other adoptive families. Birth parents are provided free counseling services, assistance in exploring options, and ongoing support.
Advocate responsibilities include monitoring case progress and compliance, supporting the child during court proceedings, and providing the courts with objective reports. Advocates also work collaboratively with system partners such as social workers, attorneys, therapists, schools and care providers to facilitate needed services. There is no special background or skills required to become an advocate, however, once assigned to a case, you must be able to commit to a child for a minimum of 18 months the average length of a caseyou must also be 21 years or older, and pass background and reference checks.
Foster parents are prepared and continually supported to provide foster family care for children of any age. Sibling groups are placed together whenever possible. Services provided by Kinship Center include specialized training for parents, individualized services for each child, ongoing professional support, and the friendship and support of other foster and adoptive families providing the same valuable care to children.
Frequently asked questions about adopting from foster care in California. Tips on how to choose an agency 32 KB Word document. Also see the California Department of Social Services website. Adoptive parents complete forms on their criminal and employment backgrounds, among other paperwork.
Kinship will be recruiting new families in San Benito County who want to adopt or be a resource foster family to children who have been removed from their families of origin. They will also provide pre-approval training to those families who are hoping to be a resource to children providing temporary foster care or permanent adoption, and once a month on-going training and support for post-approval families. Kinship Center has provided excellent training services to foster and adoptive families for years, but the families in San Benito County have had to go out of town for the training.