Providing clothing and physical needs to foster families:

Defending the fatherless: provides a love closet with gently used and new items for foster and adoptive families. We will be happy to bring you items upon placement or to help you set up your home as you become a foster parent. We also have cribs, toddler beds, strollers, car seats and various infant items as well as backpacks. Contact Karen at

Child Hope Services: Child Hope Services exists to provide financial assistance, clothing and additional resources to foster and adoptive families, before, during and after placement contact them at

Rachel's closet: provides second hand clothing as well as larger items to foster families from a store front location. Must call to schedule and appointment. (805)501-4273

Heart to heart: provides second hand clothing as well as larger items to foster families call to make an appointment. (805)500-3173 

James store house: provides for the needs of children in foster care and youth aged-out of foster care. (310)774-1753 

Children's Services Auxiliary: a volunteer organizations whose mission is to meet the needs of Ventura County's court-dependent children. Providing funding for medical and dental expenses, youth sports scholarships, school activities, youth classes, special clothing needs, music lessons and a yearly holiday toy store. contact Jeannette at (805)654-3245 or visit their website at

Working with teenagers and foster youth aging out of the system:

Dark to dawn: Providing resources and support for foster and adoptive families. Working with and providing support to teenagers and youth aging out of the foster care system. Contact John Franklin or visit their website 

Women of Substance & Men of Honor: dedicated to providing support to young men and women that may have been incarcerated and/or in the foster care system. Contact Rosalinda P. Vint (805)376-0472 or visit their web site at

Therapy Services:

Julie Cast is a registerd MFT and art therapist (805)368-2323 

Carla Tice is an education therapist (805)832-7989

Intensive changes: working with reactive attachment disorder David Kerrigan PHD and licensed clinical social worker (805)794-3165

Brionna Morse, MA, MFT (805)558-3460

* please do your due diligence when working with a therapist. This board is to provide resources but is not endorsed by defending the fatherless 

Ongoing training hours:

Arrow Christian family homes provides free training for all foster parents in Ventura county regardless of affiliation click here for a calendar of upcoming training dates. Arrow also provides periodic CPR certifications as well 

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a leader in the field of training and professional development for parents, professionals, and child-serving organizations. click here for a calendar of upcoming training events

CPR training:

Mike Spillwagon: offering cpr classes in your home at a discounted rate for foster families (805)207-5661

Advocating for kids in care:

Advo kids, founded in 1993 by three child welfare attorneys, a social worker and a child psychologist, Advokids was established in response to the alarming number of infants and small children entering foster care. Advokids set out to educate people, both within and outside of the child welfare system, on the laws designed to get young children out of foster care quickly and to advocate for early placement in stable and permanent homes for those infants and children who could not be reunified with their biological families.  visit for more information

  • you can also access information on advo kids on filing for defacto parenting status for your child

CASA has a mission to be a powerful voice for abused, neglected and abandoned court dependent children, through its trained, compassionate volunteers.  visit 

Respite Care

Channel Islands Social Services: Ventura County's family-operated, trusted respite provider. Ventura foster families qualify to receive respite care if they are licensed Foster Parents or Kinship Caregivers with a current placement from Ventura County. If you could benefit from a regularly scheduled respite break, call CISS (805)384-0983

Volunteer in other ways:

Love does: love does provides bags with items that a child needs for their first night in care. follow them on facebook at 

Royal family kids camp: providing life changing moments for children of abuse

* please do your due diligence this board is to provide resources but is not necessarily endorsed by defending the fatherless