The mission of Sonoma County Children’s Village is to provide nurturing, stable family homes in a multi-generational, enriched environment for children and their siblings in foster care.
Expanding the Role of Sonoma County Children’s Village
Our mission has always been to support the bond between siblings while in foster care. Siblings are often the core relationship within families. Over the years, our work has evolved to keeping siblings together while also attempting to help their families work toward reunification with their children.
During the past three years, the Village has helped over 30 families to gain parenting skills and find housing so that they regained custody of their children.
What is Family Reunification?
In an ideal world, every family would be stable, and every parent would be fully capable of raising and providing for their children.
Our program, the Family Reunification Center, teaches parenting skills and connects families with needed resources, such as housing and job assistance. The program is offered to certain, select bio/adopt/foster/kinship families of children and siblings who are living in the Village.
The process can take many months, and families must meet particular criteria to be successful. The children’s opinions are considered at all times. The beauty of the program is that the children continue to live in the stable, enriched environment of the Village during the process.
Why did the Village create the Family Reunification Center?
In recent years, federal, state and county foster care agencies have searched for solutions to the high numbers of children in foster care and group homes. California Assembly bills AB74 (2014) and AB403 (2015) seek to lessen reliance on group homes, and ultimately may eliminate them. The Village is licensed as a group home because there was no other category in which to place our unique model. Therefore, the Village was at risk due to AB74 and AB403.
The Village is taking this opportunity to enrich our model. We still continue our main mission of keeping siblings together, offering the placement of even larger sibling groups (three or more) which have a higher incidence of being split up. While the children live in our non-institutional, family-style setting, some of their parents are offered the opportunity to learn skills that may result in reunifying their families.
Sonoma County Children’s Village has embraced the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, “which is the first Federal law to address the importance of keeping siblings together. Research indicates that maintenance of the sibling bond is crucial to child development and adjustment, especially for children who are separated from the only homes and parents they have ever known and are placed in unfamiliar settings with strangers.” (Youth Law Center 2005, Vol. XXVI No. 4)
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404