Homes with Heart VC encourages community members to make their lives more meaningful

Local human services agency urges community support to open their hearts and homes to children and older youth in (foster)care, as additional census shows a growth in need during the pandemic.

The holidays are a special time of year filled with memories, celebrations, and annual family gatherings. It is also a time to acknowledge the families who are less fortunate who may not enjoy the same shared experiences. Ventura County Children and Family Services through Homes with Heart VC truly hopes and needs more families to step up to help children, youth, and families with mentorship, or a home for the holidays by becoming a resource family.

Homes with Heart VC is grateful for the families, organizations and circle of charities who have come forward over the years to help strengthen families in need, and urges additional families to open their hearts to children, older youth in care and their families this holiday season. Your contribution can be large or small whether your family can provide a home, a form of mentorship, or a safe place to come to for guidance, you can make a large impact in their lives and your family will receive so much more in return.

In addition to encouraging more families to come forward and help keep families safe and reunified, Homes with Heart VC is hosting a holiday donation drive where people can donate directly to the charities in Ventura County that help families and children by visiting Please help share the holiday cheer to families in need this season. Your simple act of generosity can make all the difference for families in need of love, support and stability.

Visit and make your contribution to local charities helping youth and families today.

Recognized as a best practice leader statewide in the family recruitment and support component of child welfare, Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Homes with Heart VC, previously known as Foster VC Kids, was developed to increase the amount of loving resource families who are ready to take in children in need in Ventura County.

This initiative provides resource families with ongoing support services, trauma-informed training, and mentorship to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of Ventura County’s youth and families.

Learn how Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Homes with Heart VC is making a difference throughout Ventura County,

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