Thank you for your interest in the Sonoma County Children’s Village! While we are preparing a new website to reflect the “new” Children’s Village, here is a quick update on what we have been up to:
First of all: Yes, the Sonoma County Children’s Village as an organization is alive and well! It continues to be an active nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of Sonoma County foster children and to support foster youth so that they can grow into well-adjusted, healthy and productive adults.
That said, the Sonoma County Children’s Village (SCCV) has been going through a major evolution. As you may well know, the original purpose of SCCV was to provide nurturing, stable family-style homes to children in foster care. However, foster care in California has been facing dramatic changes in government policy in the form of AB 403, a bill that sharply reduces placement of foster children in group homes. As a result, the original model of SCCV became unsustainable. The campus with family-style group homes was closed in the fall of 2015 and sold in the spring of 2016 – a difficult and sad development for all involved. Still, a small group of dedicated volunteers set out to explore other ways to fulfill our mission of improving the lives and futures of foster children. We spent much of 2016 researching the needs and available services for foster youth and families in the community and talked to many organizations and agencies.
As a result, in the fall of 2016, we launched our new “Extraordinary Cost Program” to fund urgent needs and services that directly benefit individual foster youths and are not covered by other funding sources. Examples for funding requests we have already granted include specialized therapy, orthodontics, and driving school. We are also open to funding needs that would enable foster families to take in sibling groups, which continue to be close to our hearts. We are currently in the process of fine-tuning and scaling this young program.
The new SCCV also supports trauma-informed enrichment programs that are specifically geared to or are appropriate for and used by foster youth. With our first grant in the “Fostering Enrichment” program, we are sending 24 foster children in Sonoma County to attend the Royal Family Kids Camp in June of 2017 to enjoy a week of summer camp designed and run just for foster children. For many, it will also be a chance to be reunited with their siblings for the duration of camp.
And this is just a start! The all-volunteer Steering Committee and Board of Directors are exploring programs, initiatives and collaborations to find sustainable solutions to persistent issues in foster care. We are primarily looking into dental and orthodontic care, transportation for foster youth and ways to support foster families, and we would like to foster collaboration between different organizations and services to benefit foster youth.
If you would like to volunteer with us to help explore and move forward any of our new initiatives, strengthen our finance committee or help in other ways, we would love to hear from you! Also, if you are interested in our Extraordinary Cost or our Fostering Enrichment Programs or have any general questions, please contact us
Call (707) 566-7044
P.O. Box 2025,
Santa Rosa, CA 95405.
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