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Support and Assistance for Resource Family Caregivers

Published on: 5/21/2015 7:16 PM

Santa Clara County is in need of Resource Families to provide a stable, loving and supportive home for children of all ages, including children with special needs, adolescents and large sibling groups. Santa Clara County is committed to partnering and ensuring the success of our Resource Family caregivers by offering and providing and access to a wide range of support services including:

Financial Reimbursement – Caregivers receive reimbursement for cost of meeting the child’s basic needs.

Respite Care Reimbursement – This is a service for caregivers who may need a short break for up to 72 hours at time due to family emergencies, for example. Caregivers may apply for cost reimbursement for up to 200 hours annually.

Training – Resource Families will receive an initial 27 hours of Pre-Approval Training. This training is required to help resource families understand the needs of children placed into their homes. Pre-Approval classes are a comprehensive, competency based program for training and assessment to become a Resource Family. The training is based on the belief that protecting children at risk and strengthening families requires teamwork, a shared vision and common goals. The training is provided in partnership with West Valley and Evergreen Valley Colleges.

Continuing education classes, or In-Service trainings, are offered free of charge to Resource Families to help meet the needs of the children placed in their home. A few examples of training include crisis intervention, substance abuse issues, ages and stages of development and behavior and positive discipline. Free childcare is available for all In-Service Trainings.

Other Support & Assistance include:

  • Kinship, Adoption and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA)
  • Resource Family Support Team
  • Relative Family Support Team
  • Adoption Advocacy and Support
  • Support groups
  • Mentor Program services
  • Childcare Assistance for working Resource Families
  • Holiday events and networking opportunities
  • Multilingual support and services