FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
May is National Foster Care Month, Highlighting Local Need for More Loving Stable Adults to Support Area Children
Family and Children’s Services of Santa Cruz County today announced it is seeking new foster parents in conjunction with National Foster Care Month in May. Foster Services of Santa Cruz County is appealing to caring, healthy, stable adults in Santa Cruz County to consider becoming foster parents for babies, teens, siblings, and special-needs children. Foster parent information meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month at the Live Oak Family Resource Center in Santa Cruz.
Family and Children’s Services, an important safety net for approximately 300 children in Santa Cruz County, provides a temporary safe place for youth who cannot stay in their homes because of abuse, neglect or their parents’ inability to provide adequate care. During the child’s time in foster care, the court system determines if they can safely return home to their parents. Foster families are a stable, healthy alternative to group homes. A foster parent can be any one of us: single, married, divorced, with children or without children, LBGT, young or old, homeowner or renter.
“Santa Cruz County has a shortage of licensed foster families,” said Trevor Davis, licensing supervisor for Family and Children’s Services of Santa Cruz County. “Without enough foster homes, children can be removed not only from their parents, but could be separated from their siblings, friends, schools, communities and everything else that had once been familiar to them. Youth could be placed in homes where they don’t speak the same language as their foster parents. Having more local, licensed foster families helps prevent these scenarios from happening.”
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JAMBALAYA FAMILY MUSIC PROGRAM
1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach
2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm
3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park
4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum
5. Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm
6. Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch
7. Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History
8. Head to the Beach!
9. Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
10. Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Do you have time to head out of town?
We have so many wonderful places to visit close to Santa Cruz. Pick out one or two, and take your kids on an adventure
North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
South of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Other activities south on Highway 1: walking the beaches at Carmel-by-the Sea, kayaking near Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, renting bicycles and riding on the bike path between Monterey and Pacific Grove to Lover's Point, walking along Cannery Row, hiking in Pt. Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel and having a picnic there. Send us your ideas!
Movies Worth Watching
Miss Representation www.missrepresentation.org The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.
Race to Nowhere www.racetonowhere.com “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
Waiting for Superman www.waitingforsuperman.com "When people ask me what inspired "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" says Guggenheim, "it was really that feeling I had every morning driving past my public school — the feeling that I'm so lucky to have found another way for my kids, and the feeling that this is not enough, it's not enough that I take care of my kids and move on. Unless each one of us fights for change, our schools won't get any better."
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