Meeting individual needs
We fund specific needs for individual foster youths on a case-by-case basis.
Orthodontics are almost impossible to get paid for through Medi-Cal, so many foster children who desperately need braces to improve their dental health and/or self esteem do not get them. The Sonoma County Children’s Village has become the go-to source to help fund this critical need.
We help fund professional drivers’ training for current and former foster youth. These young people often have no opportunity to learn to drive from parents or other adults. Yet, being able to drive is often a critical skill in Sonoma County, helping young people hold a job, pursue an education and find somewhat affordable housing.
Other individual needs
Specialized therapy for an autistic child, piano lessons, gymnastics, basketball, summer camp for two siblings who are in foster care because their single parent is deployed with the military and an after-school cheer program are examples of other needs that we have funded that would have otherwise gone unmet.
The foster care community is excited that we are here to help with these urgent needs, and so are we!
Do YOU have a need? If a foster youth or foster family has a specific need that meets the following criteria:
- you have tried but cannot find funding for it elsewhere, and
- fulfilling the need would significantly enhance the well-being of the foster youth or their prospects for a better future, or
- it would enable a foster family to take in siblings,
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you the application form. All applications need the approval of the social worker. Each application is evaluated by the Board of Directors and decided on a case-by-case basis.
Sponsoring Enrichment Programs
In partnership with local organizations, we offer or support trauma-informed programs that enrich the lives of foster children:
Art camps: Child Parent Institute is hosting two free day art camps in the summer specifically for children and teens in foster care, thanks to our sponsorship! These week-long camps give foster youth the opportunity to discover and nurture their creativity and find new ways to express themselves – and just to have fun. The art camps offer a safe, inclusive environment and the sensitive leadership of trauma-informed teaching artists of the Child Parent institute (CPI).
Sleep-away summer camp: Starting in the summer of 2017, we have sponsored 24 foster children in Sonoma County to go on a week-long overnight summer camp through Royal Family Kids. RFK is an all-volunteer organization that puts on a week of summer camp specifically designed for foster children, with trauma-informed counselors and an army of support volunteers who do everything from stealthily changing wet bed sheets (since this a common problem) to putting on a birthday party for all the children at camp (since for many, that is the only birthday party they get) and sending each camper home with an individually crafted photo book full of memories.
Fostering Foster Care
Short of having their own loving forever family, children need nurturing, stable and loving foster families. Which is why we help address the shortage of foster families in Sonoma County by raising awareness and supporting events, recruitment and training for foster families through partner organizations. We were one of the proud sponsors of the 2017 inaugural Celebrate Foster Care event in Santa Rosa and provide stipends for foster parents as trainers for new foster parents in a new program put on by a collaboration of foster family agencies. We are also exploring ways to support foster families in their often challenging task.
… and more to come
It is still early in the new phase of the Sonoma County Children’s Village. We continue to follow the changing policy environment and to explore how we can have the biggest impact. We have recognized the need to work in close collaboration with other organizations in the foster care field to effect change and help foster children as best as possible. Stay tuned!