DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

  DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 1: Resource Guide
22-6 Resource Guide Developed by the Relative Support Team
Resource Guide
22-6 Resource Guide  Developed by the Relative Support Team (RST)
Reference Points
Print Out of All Listed Resources
Adoptions
After Adoption
Child Care
Child Welfare
City Links
Computer Access
Courts
CPR & First Aid Classes
Dental
Drug Awareness
Education
Entertainment

Financial Aid

(for Emergency Situations)

Food Programs
Government

Great Starts-

sites with many links to other connections

Health and Dental Services
Housing
Immigration Issues
Kids Eat Free
Legal Services
Medical
Miscellaneous Household Items, Craft Supplies, etc.

Parenting Connections

(focused on the needs of children in transitions)

Resource Centers
Seniors
Special Needs - Developmental Resources
Taxes
Team Decision Making (TDM)
Technology
Things to Do
Transportation
Tribal TANF
Victim Witness
Other Resource Services


Reference Points
Effective Date: 11/10/08
Last Updated: 12/1/08


Print-Out of All Services  

Click here for a document with all resources listed in this OPP chapter.  The document may then be printed.

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Adoption  

http://www.santaclaraadoption.org/about.html

or call  408.975.5119 

http://www.adoptionclubhouse.org/

This is a unique adoption website for children ages 8-13 who have been adopted.  It’s also helpful for parents who have adopted to see suggested books or movies for sorted by child’s age to help get the adoption conversation going.

http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/getinfo/pdf/pub272.pdf

KinGap information

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After Adoption  

http://www.santaclaraadoption.org/PostAdoptionResourceGuide.pdf

Adoption Resource Guide from 2003.  Some of the information may be a little out of date so please contact your Social Worker or Relative Support Team Resource Specialist for more current information.

http://www.afteradoption.org/

AFTER is the first regional center in California providing assistance to families after their adoption.

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Child Care  

http://www.choices4children.org/default.aspx

Choices for Children offer a full range of information and support for developing, operating and licensing a quality child care facilities choosing a child care providers and finding financial and family assistance.

http://www.gokids.org/pages/index1.htm

Go Kids has programs for preschool and school age children throughout the counties of Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz. All child care programs offer health and nutrition education, parent involvement, social service referrals, computer learning and school readiness activities.

http://www.4c.org/

4C’s is a non-profit, community-based agency that provides a variety of comprehensive services and serves as the community child care link for families and child care professionals who live and work in Santa Clara County, California.

SCUSD 408-423-2000 

Childcare/preschool/Headstart/early headstart

http://www.kidango.org/open.html

Families enrolled at Kidango have the opportunity to pay fees on a sliding scale, based upon household size and income and availability of scholarship funding. Scholarships are available through grants from several government entities. These sources do not cover the full cost of providing quality early care and education. Kidango is a public benefit corporation that depends upon the generosity of the community to support these services to low-income children and children with disabilities.  They have locations in San Jose.  Please see their list of services..

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG78.htm

Cal Works Child Care program

CPS/DFCS may have some funding for emergency/transitional childcare.  You could ask your social worker if your situation is applicable.

http://senweb03.senate.ca.gov/ebrochure

This is an e-brochure with tips for choosing quality child care. 

http://www.rrnetwork.org/

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

http://www.kidspark.com/default.asp

Drop in Child Care – However, this is not a good idea for a child that requires a very structured environment, but it’s a good resource to keep in mind if it fits your situation.   For Relative Caregivers ONLY a year discount can be provided from a local support agency.  Please contact your Relative Support Team member for more information. 

Before and After School Child Care

Many schools have these types of programs on-sight provided by agencies such as San Juan Bautista Child Development Center, California Young World, YMCA, and many others type organizations.  Please contact the school your child is attending to see if they have such programs. 

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Child Welfare  

http://www.childwelfare.gov/

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information.

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City Links  

http://sanjoseca.gov/RESIDENT.HTML

San Jose

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Computer Access  

Check your local library.

InnVision Georgia Travis Center (297 Commercial St., San Jose) has a free computer lab with internet access as part of our wide array of services for women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

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Courts  

http://www.scselfservice.org/juvdep/default.htm

SCC Juvenile Dependency Court site with information about the process and forms.

http://www.lapponline.org/

LAPP's work is designed to address the need for legal information, training, referral and support for foster parents, relatives raising children, adoptive families, and their child welfare partners. LAPP works to improve communication between caregiver families and agencies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), attorneys, and the courts and supports policies that ensure every child in foster care finds a permanent, loving family.

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/family/juv/defacto.htm

California Courts DeFacto Parent Guide and links to forms you may need, if applicable.

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/family/juv/documents/caregiver.pdf

Shows you the “Caregiver and the Courts” brochure from the Judicial Council of California Center for Families, Children and the Courts with information about the court process you are now involved in.

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CPR & First Aid Classes  

EMQ - Contact Michelle Arzaga  408.335.1812 for schedule and registration information.  (Classes are no charge for RH, NREFMs or FFHs) Childcare not available.

http://www.helponechild.org/current/

Help One Child classes are $50 per person.  Reservations are required.  Childcare available.  Phone number = 888-Kid-Hope. They can also help you with your TB test requirement, if needed.

Gilda Hurtado (Gilroy) Spanish and English  408.612.6986  gildacpr@aol.com  // Saturdays 9am to 5pm  or two evenings 6pm - 10pm //  $50.00 per person.  CPR /First Aid two year certification.

http://www.scv-redcross.org/openrosters

 American Red Cross - 408.577.2178  CPR Certification is good for one year / First Aid is good for 3 years.

http://www.heartsource.org

The American Heart Association offers CPR/ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) classes ONLY  1.800.242.8721 

www.healtheducationservices.net

Health Education Services (HES) - 200 Waverley St., Ste 8, Menlo Park, CA  94024

ph. 650.321.6500  Pediatric CPR/First Aid Classes

www.criticalmoments.com

Critical Moments -  Michael Wells  Two year course completion certification. 

888.371.9111 or 408.262.0909.

http://www.scv-redcross.org/openrosters/view_homepage.asp?orgkey=1463

go there and click on Water Safety to see what is there.

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Dental  

http://www.healthtrust.org/services/documents/FAQCDCEng.pdf

Children’s Dental Center, Tropicana Shopping Center, 1153 S. King Road (at Story Rd), San Jose, CA  95122.  Information and Appointments  408.240.0250

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Drug Awareness  

http://www.timetotalk.org

Tips on how and when to talk to your kids about drugs

http://www.drugfree.org

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit organization that unites parents, renowned scientists and communications professionals to help families raise healthy children.

http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_Guide

What are the drugs kids get into these days?  Here is a list with what it looks like, how it’s used, effects, slang, etc.

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Education  

First and foremost, if there are concerns about the education of the child in your care, please let your Social Worker know.  Also, there is an Office of Education Liaison at the Department of Family and Children Services which specifically caters to the needs of court dependent children. Feel free to contact Keith Riviera at 408.975.5488 or keith.revera@ssa.sccgov.org  with your questions or concern.

http://www.sccoe.k12.ca.us/

Santa Clara County Office of Education website

http://www.sccoe.k12.ca.us/depts/selpa/

SELPA - Special Education Local Plan Area -- Via this website you can find which area you are in.  If you Google up this information you can find your Local Area's SELPA workshops and additional information.

http://www.php.com/specialed

Parents Helping Parents has wonderful resources to help you learn about advocating for your child’s needs with the schools.   You can learn about SSTs, IEPs, 504 Plans, etc.

http://www.lawfoundation.org/lacy.asp

LACY  - Legal Advocates for Children and Youth - Educational Empowerment Project  - The Educational Empowerment Project assists students and their caregivers in enrollment, school discipline, and special education matters. LACY strives to ensure that children and their families have a meaningful voice in the educational process. Since 2002, LACY has collaborated with the Department of Family & Children's Services, Juvenile Probation, and Morrissey Compton Educational Center through Project YEA! to provide educational advocacy for youth in foster care or in the juvenile justice system. LACY staff also conducted multiple trainings for parents, social workers, probation officers and attorneys about the special education process. 

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

111 W. Saint John St., Suite 315

San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 293-4790

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Entertainment  

http://www.artsopolis.com/

Artsopolis.com is the leading online resource for Arts and Cultural information for the Silicon Valley region. It offers the largest database of Silicon Valley Arts and Cultural events, as well as additional listings of classes and workshops, jobs, auditions, organizations, venues, public art, and individual artists.

You can sign up for e-savers and get a weekly email with a listing for half-price tickets!

(See more ideas under the heading “Things To Do”.)

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Financial Aid (for Emergency Situations)  

Your Relative Support Team Member is a member of the Santa Clara County homeless and at-risk collaborative of agencies working with San Jose Department of Housing and a variety of agencies to help support people in different situations in times of need.  Please feel free to speak to your Relative Support Team Member to see what resources may be available to you as funding at various agencies fluctuates.

http://www.modestneeds.org/explore/

To prevent otherwise financially self-sufficient individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty, when this might be avoided with a small amount of well-timed financial assistance; To restore the financial self-sufficiency of individuals who are willing to work but are temporarily unable to do so because they do not have the means to remit payment for a work-related expense; To empower permanently disadvantaged individuals who otherwise live within their limited means to continue to live independently, despite a temporary, unexpected financial set-back.

http://www.seasonofsharing.org/

The Chronicle's Season of Sharing Fund is designed to keep people on their feet with a one-time grant. Each year, the fund helps more than 5,000 families around the Bay Area, allocating most of its grants for basic needs such as move-in costs and housing, and sometimes paying for necessities such as transportation to work, wheelchair ramps and even essential furniture for family reunification. Grants are always paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord. Individuals cannot receive direct grants from Season of Sharing.  Grants are for a limited amount of funds.  Please contact your Relative Support Team member for more information and/or forms.

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Food Programs  

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/groceries_print.lasso

This is a listing of various Grocery programs in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.  Please note the clickable links to sort the listing for your needs.

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/meals.lasso

This is a listing of various Meal programs in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.  Please note the clickable links to sort the listing for your needs.

http://www.2ndharvest.net/

Second Harvest Food Bank

http://www.siren-bayarea.org/

(Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network) Information on how to qualify for food programs even though immigration status is undocumented.

http://www.php.com/node/9413

Santa Clara WIC – Eligibility: Infant or child under five years of age with a medical or nutritional risk; Low income (185% of federal poverty guidelines); Resident of Santa Clara County.

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Government  

http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cfsweb/PG1335.htm

The topic of Foster Care on the California State Department of Social Services website.

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Great Starts  

http://www.helpscc.org/

HelpSCC is a searchable database of health and human service providers in Santa Clara County.  Links for resources include: housing, food, health, children & youth, seniors, income and emergency assistance.

http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/scc

Santa Clara County Government site provide many resources for a variety of situations including various agencies in the county, links to all the city websites in the county, county connections, handling emergencies, health and living in the county and more. 

http://www.kidsdata.org/resources.jsp?csid=0

A link from the Lucile Packard Foundation with many connections to various services in Santa Clara County for needs such as, but not limited to:  Education, Childcare, Emotional & Behavioral Health, Family Economics, Physical Health, and more.

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/about.html

Phoenix Data Center is a not-for-profit organization that maintains an index of all free and low income services offered throughout Santa Clara County and neighboring communities. Our goal is to connect those in need with those who help. There are literally hundreds of agencies throughout Santa Clara County that are ready to assist with free and low cost meals, healthcare, legal aid, and shelter. The problem is access -- most public agencies don't have the resources to collect, manage and distribute information on all the private assistance programs they may be aware of, not to mention those that they aren't.

 

http://www.211scc.org/

2-1-1 is a free, non-emergency, confidential service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, and 140 other languages. For everyday needs and in times of crisis, 2-1-1 provides streamlined access to critical health and human services such as food, shelter, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, employment assistance, and so much more. It also serves as a link for individuals seeking to volunteer, provide resources, or assist during a crisis in Santa Clara County.   When you don’t know who to call  Dial 2-1-1.

http://www.fcservices.org

The various programs offered by Family & Children Services can be broken down into the following service categories: Center-Based Services, Clinical Training Program, Family Finance Education and Loans, Mental Health and Family Counseling, School-Based Programs, Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Substance Abuse Treatment, Support Services for Youth Exiting Foster Care, Workplace Services, and Anger Management Training and Domestic Violence Prevention: Childcare.   This agency is located in Palo Alto and San Jose. 

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Health and Dental Services  

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/healthcare.lasso

This is a listing of various health care programs in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.  Please note the clickable links to sort the listing for your needs.  Service links include mammograms for low income women, prescription assistance programs, etc.

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Housing  

http://www.ehclifebuilders.org/whatwedo/programs.php

EHC LifeBuilders has a variety of housing and supportive services programs for the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness, including: Emergency Shelter, Vocational Scholarships, Transitional (longer-term temporary) Housing, Counseling & Mental Health Support, Permanent, Affordable Housing, On-site Medical Care, Rapid Re-housing, Tutoring, Recreational & Educational Activities, Homelessness Prevention, Individualized Case Management, Food & Nutrition Education, Life Skills Education, Substance Abuse Support, Employment Development, Legal Assistance and Peer-based Support.


http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/shelter.lasso

This is a listing of various housing, shelter, rental assistance etc.  programs in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.  Please note the clickable links to sort the listing for your needs.

http://www.housingchoices.com/santaclararesources.html

At Housing Choices Coalition, we seek to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating quality, affordable living options. By engaging the entire community, we look to build a strong foundation that supports individuals in their housing searches and connect them to new options for living. Housing Choices is a collaboration of community members working to make affordable housing a reality for people with developmental disabilities. Ph: 408-284-0990

 

http://www.affordablehousingonline.com  

Nationwide database of affordable housing.  You can find the Housing Authority for each city.

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Immigration Issues  

http://www.siren-bayarea.org/

SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network) The mission of Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Santa Clara County through direct services, community education, leadership development and policy advocacy. We believe that all people, regardless of legal status or nationality, are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

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Kids Eat Free  

We try to keep an eye out for restaurants that will be clearly be child friendly and have a promotion that with the purchase of an adult meal, a child would eat free.  Check with the restaurant before going.

Fresh Choice

Kids under 2 eat free

Baker’s Square

Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 5:00

5055 Almaden Expressway, San Jose  408-267-6760

1733 E. Capitol Expressway, San Jose  408-238-8299

Denny’s  http://www.dennys.com/en/cms/Kids+Eat+Free/95.html

Kids eat free on Tuesdays 4-10pm.  Some locations also have it on Saturday Nights too!

2060 S. Bascom, Campbell  408-371-7454

1001 E. Capitol Expressway, San Jose 408578-2549

Tully Rd and 101 408-274-1922

1490 N. 1st St, San Jose 408453-1497

1390 S. 1st St, San Jose 408292-6217

1475 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 408-243-6053

1140 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose 408-266-6299

2077 N. 1st St, San Jose 408-436-8481

1015 Blossom Hill, San Jose 408-448-6205

2484 Berryessa Road, 408-923-8469

200 Serra Way, Milpitas 408-262-9090

City Diner

1160 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 408-269-5490

Kids eat free on Wednesdays

Hobee’s    http://www.hobees.com/kidspage.html

Kids eat free on Wednesdays after 5:00pm (not at Cupertino or River Oaks Parkway)

800 W. Ahwanee Ave, Sunnyvale  408-524-3580

1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell  408-369-0575

4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto  650-856-6124

67 Town & County Village, Palo Alto 650-327-4111

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Legal Services  

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/legal.lasso

This is a listing of various legal service programs in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.  Listings include Consumer Complaints and Assistance, Immigration concerns, Fair Housing, etc.

http://www.scselfservice.org/fam/famresources.htm

Page of many links for various legal resources.

http://www.clasp.org

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.

http://www.shcstheheart.org/services/legal.html

Through collaborations with other organizations, we are able to expand the breadth of critical services to our customers right here in our home. The Bay Area Legal Aid lawyers provide pro bono assistance to our customers on the first Tuesday of the month at 9am.  80 people a month receive legal help for such problems as domestic violence, landlord/tenant disputes, and immigration issues

http://www.lapponline.org/

LAPP’s work is designed to address the need for legal information, training, referral and support for foster parents, relatives raising children, adoptive families, and their child welfare partners. LAPP works to improve communication between caregiver families and agencies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), attorneys, and the courts and supports policies that ensure every child in foster care finds a permanent, loving family.

How To Clear Something Off Your Record

Application Request and Status, call 408.435.2061 For information call 408.435.2073. Also contact the Sherriff’s Dept. Criminal Record Data 408.808.4400 FYI - 1) There is a $50.00

application fee, a letter re your status to date (employment/what you have done since the arrest/conviction along with business/personal references with the application helps); 2) if it is a felony, its best to get the conviction dropped to a misdemeanor, then request for a clearance; 3) the application gets presented in front of a judge; 4) request could still be denied depending on the charge, child issues would be a red flag. *Remember, state, federal, city and county has access to your file no matter if the matter has been expunged.

Divorce Degree in Santa Clara County

Here is where you go to get a copy of your divorce decree: It the divorce was final after 1995 then you go to Family Court, 170 Center Plaza (Almaden and San Fernando). The Record Clerks office is in the basement.  If the divorce was final prior to 1995, then you go to the old Superior Court building; Downtown San Jose – 191 N. 1st Street. It is the big old yellow building behind the post office by St. James Park.

 

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Medical  

Please remember to take a Health Contact Form to each medical and dental appointment, so it can be filled out and signed by the health care provider as needed by State regulations for maintaining accurate health information on all children in foster placement.  If you need additional forms and envelopes, please contact your Public Health Nurse.  The main phone number is 408.975.5772.

http://www.medi-cal.ca.gov/

This website provide Medi-Cal information for the general public.  However if you have questions, please feel free to contact your Social Worker if the child in your care has this benefit.  You can also contact your Eligibility Worker at 975.5760 for specific information to the children in your care.

If you don’t have insurance (non-urgent care)

http://www.rotacarebayarea.org/sanjose.html     (San Jose)

http://www.rotacarebayarea.org/gilroy.html        (Gilroy)

http://www.rotacarebayarea.org/mountainview.html     (Mountain View)

RotaCare is a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of providing free medical care to people who have the most need and the least access to medical services. It is a coalition of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, interpreters/translators and other volunteers who provide free medical care to the medically underserved in a collaborative effort with Rotary Clubs, hospitals, clinics, community and social service organizations and service groups.

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Misc. Household Items  

http://www.freecycle.org/

Freecycle.org is an online yahoo recycling group which is neighborhood based.   It’s a great way to move along items you’d like to get out of your household and a great way to find free gently used items or a place to put your wishes for items you are seeking for.   Talk to your Relative Support Team Resource Specialist for more ideas about how you can use this fabulous resource.

Clover Closet Clothing program. Call the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Resource Center at (408) 975-5309 to make an appointment.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ 

Craigslist is like an online garage sale. A search can narrow you to your community.

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Parenting Connections  

http://www.helponechild.org/

The Mission of Help One Child is to recruit, train and support married couples or single adults willing to provide a home or volunteer services for foster children.

http://www.php.com/

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to families of children with any special need and the professionals who serve them.

http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/big-kid?intcmp=Nav_Global_Bigkid&pn=Preschooler%20Hub

Wondering about age milestones and activities you can do at home or at play with your under 9 yr old?   This sight has links to many articles on common topics.    They can also Email you with developmental updates so that you don’t need to seek out the site, but they can help with ideas to help promote readiness for the next stage.

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Resource Centers  

http://www.sccfapa.org/

Santa Clara County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association holds many classes and focus groups on various topics regarding children in foster care.  They also hold special functions for their members and have connections to other resource programs in the community like a horse riding program, Guitars not Guns music lessons, etc. 

If you are planning to be a new member (first time to join) and are a relative home (RH) or non-related extended family member caregiver (NREFM), please contact your Relative Support Team Resource Specialist for a Membership waver to discount your first year from $35 to $10. 

http://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/services/youth/krc.htm

Catholic Charities has a Kinship Resource center.  It’s a great resource with a variety of information for the relative caregivers.

 

http://www.sundayfriends.org/

Sunday Friends empowers families in need to break the cycle of poverty. Children and parents earn basic necessities while they contribute to their community, learn life skills and develop self-sufficiency.

  

 

Family Resource Centers in Santa Clara County

Asian Pacific Family Resource Center
625 F Wool Creek Dr.,
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 299-1500


Gilroy Family Resource Center
8833 Monterey Road
Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 846-5000
 

Nuestra Casa Family Resource Center
591 N. King Rd., Suite 1
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 928.3792 

Ujirani Family Resource Center
1023 E. Brokaw Rd.,
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 452-6560

 

http://www.first5kids.org/

Based on sound research in early child development, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County supports the healthy growth and nurturing of children prenatal through age 5. By working with parents, community leaders, social service and healthcare agencies, FIRST 5 funds and sponsors essential services for young children and their families. We are a voice and an advocate for young children and their families, investing more than $30 million of Proposition 10 tobacco tax money each year in Santa Clara County to support critical issues such as:  children's health insurance, advanced training for early childhood teachers, parenting skills and domestic violence workshops, mental health services for children, and their caregivers, and arts and early literary programs.  We are located at 4000 Moorpark Ave., Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95117

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Seniors  

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/seniors.lasso

This is a listing of a variety of program services for seniors.  Some service programs listed are: Care, Community Services, Food & Nutrition, Health, Homebound, Hospice, Hotlines, Housing, Information, Outreach, Social & Education, Support and  Transportation.

 

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Special Needs  

http://www.ableplay.org/  

AblePlayTM is a toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs so parents, special educators, therapist and others can make the best choices for the children in their lives with disabilities.

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Taxes  

It’s best to talk to your tax preparer, but here are a few direct links on the IRS website to the most common questions we get.

 

Does the child in my care qualify for reporting on my tax forms? 

http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96466,00.html#QA4

Adoption Credit Information

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch37.html#publink100035220

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TDM  

http://www.helponechild.org/resources/childwelfare/tdm.html

Description about the Team Decision Meeting process.

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Technology  

http://www.safetyclicks.com/2008/07/23/parental-controls-basics/

This is a recent article about Parental Control Basics.  If you click on the main homepage for this link, you’ll find many other topics regarding child safety online.

http://www.timetotalk.org/Downloads/ttt_time_to_text.pdf

Tips on how to use text messaging

http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/textmessageabbreviations.asp

Does your child have text messaging on a device? Uses Instant Messenger?  In general writes or even speaks in code?   Here’s a link to help you decode the messages.

http://www.netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm

This link claims to have the larges list of chat acronyms and  text messaging shorthand, but you can decide by using Google Search and entering Text Messaging Abbreviations.  You’ll find many more links.

http://www.safesurfinusa.org/

The Safe Surfin' Foundation provides parents, teachers and school administrators, law enforcement, community groups and librarians with the information and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm.

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Things To Do  

http://www.artsopolis.com/

Artsopolis.com is the leading online resource for Arts and Cultural information for the Silicon Valley region. It offers the largest database of Silicon Valley Arts and Cultural events, as well as additional listings of classes and workshops, jobs, auditions, organizations, venues, public art, and individual artists. Originally established in 2000, the site has grown both in the number of site visitors and in the services and information it provides. Acquired in 2003 by Arts Council Silicon Valley, Artsopolis continues to grow in its service to the community. 

http://www.artsopolis.com/half_price_offers

Great events are happening in Silicon Valley every day! Artsopolis eSavers will provide you with opportunities to check them out. See something you're familiar with or try something totally new! Best of all, you can go for HALF PRICE!*

http://www.first5kids.org/events/

Artsopolis for the younger kids in your care.

http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/

Santa Clara County Parks

http://www.pruschfarmpark.org/index.htm

Emma Prusch Farm Park

 

FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS AND TOURS - ANYDAY

  1. Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden, Nature Study Area & Little Farm, Berkeley 

    http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden

  2.  
  3. Museum of Children's Art, Oakland

    http://www.mocha.org

     
  4. Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto

    http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/community-services/ac-generalinfo.html

     
  5. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley

    http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org

     
  6. Nasa Ames Research Center, Mountain View

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html

     
  7. Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton

    http://www.ucolick.org/public/visitors.html

     
  8. Jelly Belly Factory Tour, Fairfield

    http://jellybelly.com

     
  9. Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

    http://www.cablecarmuseum.org

     
  10. Chinese Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco

    http://www.c-c-c.org

     
  11. Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco

    http://www.museoitaloamericano.org

     
  12. San Francisco Fire Department Museum, San Francisco

    http://www.sffiremuseum.org/index.html

     
  13. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford

    http://museum.stanford.edu

     
  14. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley

    http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu

     
  15. San Francisco Botanical Garden

    www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

 

 

FREE ADMISSION -- SUNDAYS

  1. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art—Every Sunday

    http://www.svma.org

     
  2. Oakland Museum of California—Second Sundays (not including special exhibitions)

    http://www.museumca.org/visit/index.html

     
  3. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco—First Sunday

http://www.asianart.org/hoursandadmission.htm

     

 

FREE ADMISSION -- FIRST TUESDAYS

1. De Young Museum, San Francisco (except special exhibitions)

http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/visiting/index.asp

2. Legion Of Honor, San Francisco (except special exhibitions)

http://www.famsf.org/legion/visiting/index.asp

3. Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco ("pay what you wish" day)

http://www.cartoonart.org/directions.html

4. Museum of Craft & Folk Art (Yerba Buena), San Francisco every Tuesday in 2008

http://www.mocfa.org/visit/index.htm

5. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

http://www.ybca.org/visit/gallery.aspx

6. Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visitus/index.htm

7.  1. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), San Francisco 

http://www.sfmoma.org/visit/visitinfo_hours.asp

 

FREE ADMISSION – FIRST WEDNESDAY

1. San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco—For residents of San Francisco only

http://www.sfzoo.org

2. Exploratorium, San Francisco

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/hours_admission.html

3. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

http://www.badm.org

 

FREE ADMISSION – THIRD WEDNESDAY

1. California Academy of Sciences & Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

http://www.calacademy.org

 

 

 

 

FREE ADMISSION – FIRST THURSDAY

1.  Burlingame Pez Museum, Burlingame

http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com

2.  Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

ALMOST FREE or REDUCED FEES

1. Tilden Park Steam Train ($1.75) or Merry-Go-Round ($1)

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden

2. Los Gatos Billy Jones Railroad Train or Carousel ($2)

http://www.bjwrr.org

3.  Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory and Museum Tour ($3) 

http://www.mrsgrossmans.com/7-1_location.cfm

4. Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose SJ— Open Access Policy

http://www.thetech.org/about/open_access

5. Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose— Open Door Policy

http://www.cdm.org/info

6. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey County Public libraries has a "book" that residents of Monterey County can check out for free admission for up to 6 people.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org

7.  A List of Free Things to Do in San Jose

http://www.sanjose.com/free-guide

8.  25 Sacramento Museums that are Free or Nominal Fee

http://www.sacmuseums.org/findamuseum.html

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Transportation  

http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/transportation.lasso

This is a listing of various transportation services for low-income, emergency situation and voucher programs. 

http://www.outreach1.org/shared/lift.html

Outreach Give Kids a Lift Program

 

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Tribal TANF  

http://tribaltanf.cdss.ca.gov/   The State website regarding Tribal TANF.

http://www.washoetribe.us/ 

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California operates a variety of grant-funded programs, through which the Tribe supports the needs of the Washoe community. Programs like Head Start and Native Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (T.A.N.F.) promote healthy and thoughtful development of children and families in the Washoe communities. The Tribe works diligently to provide the necessary skills and education to foster strong growth among the tribal members and their families. Programs such as these help the Tribe achieve that goal.

For questions regarding current or future programs fostered by the Washoe Tribe please contact the appropriate department or our grants manager, Debby Carlson at (775) 265-8600 extension 1129.

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Victim Witness  

http://www.victim.org/

Crime victims may experience problems and disruptions that require special attention and support. The Victim Witness Assistance Center was created to assure that every possible benefit, service and courtesy is made available to crime victims and witnesses. 

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Other Resources  
  • Telephone: 211
    • 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities.
    • Coming Soon - 211 Online

  • HelpSCC - Online community resource guide
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