OUR MISSION STATEMENT
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We believe all children have rights. The right to have enough healthy food to eat each day, to live in safe homes that are free from violence, to have access to medical and dental care. The right to basic needs such as adequate clothing, supplies for schools and personal hygiene and the right to be encouraged and empowered to achieve their dreams.
Whether your role is to inspire, mentor, teach, guide, coach, advise, serve, nurture or supervise, you have an impact on the lives of the children and families with whom you come in contact. From teachers to store owners, police officers to food service employees, we all have a responsibility to the children who live in our community: a responsibility to speak words of encouragement, a responsibility to model the kind of behavior we hope to see in them, and a responsibility to speak up when we have a concern about a child who is not able to speak for themselves.
Our vision is to be part of creating a responsible and caring community: Safe, Resilient, and Healthy. We can only reach that vision through collaboration.
WHY WE NEED YOU
FOSTER CARE OVERVIEW
INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM
Who can use this Resource?
- Foster youth 18 to 21 years old.
At the six month hearing prior to youth’s 18th birthday, the social worker/probation officer must have a plan to ensure the youth meets at least ONE of the following criteria:
- Completing high school or equivalent program (e.g. GED); OR
- Enrolling in college, community college or a vocational education program; OR
- Employed at least 80 hours a month; OR
- Participating in a program designed to promote or remove barriers to employment; OR
- Unable to do one of the above requirements because of a medical condition.
To find you if you are eligible; call your assigned social worker. If you have already exited foster care and are interested in entering extended foster care, call our intake hotline at 805-781-5437 or expand the Resources menu item then click on Foster Youth.
Extended Foster Care services are free. Foster Youth in the program will receive payments, housing assistance, and case management.
Please call (805) 781-781-5437 or 805-781-1700 for more information.
Family Finding is a practice using a variety of methods and strategies to identify and engage relatives and other supportive adults, estranged from or unknown to children who have been removed from his or her parents and temporarily placed in foster care with San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services.
The goals of Family Finding are to minimize the disruption and disconnection of the children from those they love and trust and to provide each child with the life-long connections that only a family can offer.