Meet Our Rancho Cucamonga Team

Providing a High Level of Care

Our Social Workers at our Rancho Cucamonga location are always working hard to help children and families receive a high level of care. “Our social workers are available to Resource Parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Rancho Cucamonga Foster Care and Intake Director, Laura Abujudeh Kassem. Our Social Workers are a consistent person in the lives of the children they serve.  The youth  are seen on a regular basis to ensure their needs are being met in the home.

“Our Social Workers are true educational advocates that help our Resource Parents and youth navigate through a system that has sometimes ‘written them off,'” Laura explained. “Our Social Workers also advocate for the birth parents when they feel their voice is not being heard.”

For National Social Work Month, we are highlighting Roomina Islam, who has been a Social Worker at Trinity Youth Services for over a year.

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Florence: What do you like most about working at Trinity?

Roomina: There are so many things but I especially like our comradery towards providing the best for all the children in placement.

Florence: What do you love the most about your role?

Roomina: I love the support that we provide to our foster parents and take that very seriously. I have some new foster parents and they are extremely apprehensive during their first placement and dealing with the responsibility of taking care of someone else’s children, and rightfully so! I appreciate that they turn to us for support and we are able to walk them through the process to become more seasoned foster parents.

Florence: What is your most memorable moment?

Roomina: My most memorable moment so far was when I was able to break the ice with a little 2 year-old girl on my caseload. She was placed in the resource home and wasn’t opening up to even the resource parent initially and the resource parent explained to me that it takes her a while to open up to strangers due to the trauma that she had been exposed to. After a few visits, however, I was able to create a friendship to where she runs and greets me with a hug when I visit her.

Florence: What are some of the hobbies you enjoy outside of work?

Roomina: Reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Florence: Why should families consider Trinity when they want to foster or adopt?       

Roomina: Because we really do want to provide the best for our Resource Parents and the children in our care. We take the time to think outside of the box and go above and beyond for our families which is so important especially in this field.

If you are in the San Bernardino County/Inland Empire area and are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, feel free to contact our Rancho Cucamonga office directly at 909.980.4755.


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California.

Incredible Social Workers Doing Incredible Work

The Social Workers at Trinity Youth Services’ Monterey Park office work overtime to provide top-notch care for children and the families. Being available after-hours, providing support to foster families and helping children feel safe are just a few things that our amazing Social Workers do.

“Action begins with a desire. Naturally, heartfelt compassion leads to action. The vulnerable and disadvantaged in this world need more than pity, they need to see love operate selflessly and sacrificially. This is how our social workers operate. They support our children with their passion to make a difference,” said Monterey Park Foster Care Director, Angelo Colaiacovo.

For National Social Work Month, we are highlighting two outstanding Social Workers from the Monterey Park team who continually make a difference in our children’s lives!

Edward Rosales

Edward is a a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker at the Monterey Park office and has been at Trinity for a little over three years.

Florence: Why did you choose to work at Trinity?

Edward: I wanted to work with foster kids again. I worked with foster kids when I started my career over 20 years ago. I felt there was a big need for them to have supportive services, so I interviewed, and got the job.

Florence: What has been your most memorable moment so far?

Edward: The most memorable moments occur when the kids have been reunified with their parents. It’s always good to see the families doing the work that is required by them from the County. When kids see that their mom and dad are working toward getting them back, that’s always a good thing. Also, when the case goes to adoptions and the resource parents step up and adopt them. This is a rewarding experience to see a new family begin.

Florence: What do you love most about your role?

Edward: I get to do a lot of different things as a Social Worker. Whether the youth needs therapy, speech therapy, physical, mental health or occupational therapy, I can link them up with systems through the County. Also, jumping through hoops for youth to get their needs met has always been very nice to be able to do.

Florence: Why do you think people should choose Trinity? What makes us different?

Edward: We’re like a family here. I’ve been here three years, and pretty much everyone has jelled and is a great team. We are supportive of each other, and I think it shows when an applicant or Resource Parent comes in, and they realize that everyone is helping each other out. I think Trinity goes above and beyond in recruiting quality parents, so that’s always a good plus.

Florence: What are some of your hobbies outside of Trinity?

Edward: I love to travel, cook and I am an avid reader. I also love spending time with my kids. I have a boy and a girl, and I am really active in their lives. I coach my kids in various sports, such as football, baseball, basketball and golf. Both of my kids are in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts respectively. As a parent, you always have to keep on top of your child’s academics. Thankfully, the Mrs. and I have done really well in having our children be top-notch, not only academically and athletically, but also in community service as well.

Tiffany Jones

Tiffany is a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker and has been at Trinity Youth Services for three years.

Florence: What do you like most about working at Trinity?

Tiffany: I like working with children and families and making an impact in their lives.

Florence: What do you love the most about your role?

Tiffany: I like working with the kids. I like mentoring them and seeing a difference. Some teenagers I work with are about to go to college and major in Social Work. One of them now has a part-time job. She wants to be a Social Worker and has been applying to colleges. She used to be at-risk, but she’s made a change.

Florence: What is your most memorable moment?

Tiffany: Seeing one of my kids be adopted, as well as when a client of mine graduated from high school.

Florence: What are some of the hobbies you enjoy outside of work?

Tiffany: I enjoy going to amusement parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios.  I also enjoy spending time with my kids, exercising and doing Zumba.

Florence: Why should families consider Trinity when they want to foster or adopt?

Tiffany: Trinity actually cares about the children and the families that they help, and what’s going on in their lives. It’s not about the numbers or the money.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, you can reach out directly to the Trinity Monterey Park Foster Care office at 626.966.1776.


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California.

Going Above and Beyond for Children and Families

The Trinity Youth Services Team in Houston, Texas is made up of special people who have a big heart for families and children. They often go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure children are safe, nurtured, loved and protected. When families first come into the Houston office, they are greeted with smiles and are given the encouragement and support they need to effectively and lovingly care for foster children of all backgrounds.

Tonia Hayes

Tonia has been the Houston Foster Care Director since July and has had a tremendous impact in the lives of families in Houston who wish to grow their family and help children in need of a caring, loving home. Tonia moved from Michigan to begin her work at Trinity Youth Services as the Treatment Supervisor and Assistant Director  in 2017.

Florence: Tell us about the transition from Michigan to Texas.

Tonia: I jumped into that role coming from Michigan, so I had to learn Texas, especially in the child care system. My new role allowed me to familiarize myself with the agency, and how we can help our families be successful as well as the children. Taking on this role allows me to be an overseer of all of the aspects of the agency. As the Treatment Supervisor, I dealt with caseloads and social workers, but in this role, I have the ability to train the staff and conduct Marketing campaigns so that we can grow.

Florence: Why did you choose a career at Trinity Youth Services?

Tonia: I think I’m able to make a difference here. I can see growth and opportunity, so I am excited about my role.

Florence: What do you think sets Trinity apart from other agencies?

Tonia: We walk people through the process and accommodate families’ schedules regarding trainings. We are also more flexible when it comes to their availability when it comes to crisis situations. Our Social Workers answer the phones, and they go out to help the families. We have a much more personal approach, and I think that makes more of a difference. I’ve been told that some agencies aren’t there for their families as they should be. We stay alert to changes so we can keep families and staff informed, so I consider myself as an advocate for our families. I think that sets us apart from other agencies.

Florence: A major myth about foster children is that they are troubled youth who have behavior issues and are difficult to parent. What would you like perspective parents to know about raising foster children?

Tonia: I think one of the key factors is that every child needs at least one person to care about them, and that can make the difference if they perceive themselves as being successful or not. I’ve had the ability to work with children in different arenas who were involved in Head Start, foster care, residential, and the juvenile justice system. At the end of the day, one child can be involved in all of those arenas. It really depends on the support system the child has that can help them determine what direction that child will go in. Potential foster families may hear negative things about foster kids, but that doesn’t have to be their experience. They can come to the table providing this child with a fresh opportunity. Every child is a blank slate, and that’s how they should be looked at, regardless of what’s in their file. Focus on how you will be able to help this child in your home.

Florence: Why should perspective foster parents choose Trinity?

Tonia: We will help them through the process and will fight for them when things aren’t going their way. We aren’t going to rush them through it, because I need parents to know what they are signing up for. There are a lot of things they have to know to be successful.

Florence: As a foster care director, what is one of your immediate goals?

Tonia: I want to help more children. It hurts my soul to see children in need, and I don’t have a bed or a home for them. There are a lot of teenagers who haven’t been placed in homes. I would love to have more families on board who can work with our teens.

Florence: What, in your opinion, makes our Social Workers special?

Tonia: Our Social Workers are on call 24/7 in trying to meet the needs of the children and families. They understand their roles are not the typical 9-5 and are willing and able to provide the additional support when necessary.

Robert Richardson

Robert has been a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker for over two years and previously had worked with children with mental and physical disabilities for seven years in Mental Health Services. He also worked in a Residential Treatment Center.

Florence: What is the best thing about working at Trinity Youth Services?

Robert: The atmosphere. I like the teamwork that we do here. The only way for us to be successful is to work as a team. It’s like Trinity’s mission statement. We don’t let anyone fall by the wayside, if we can help it.  We do our best to help the kids and each other, too. I really do enjoy working here. It has enlightened me a whole lot. My heart goes out to the kids. One of my clients is a freshman at Texas Southern University. He is doing well, and I keep in touch with him. He said the schoolwork is hard. I told him that he is just as smart as the other students, and I told him, “hang in there, you’ll make it.” He said he will.

Florence: What are some reasons people should consider fostering through Trinity?

Robert: Because you have people like me and other staff members who are going to stand by your side and support you in whatever it is that you are going through. We will step in to help you.

Donna Young

Donna is a Supervising Social Worker at the Houston foster care office. She began at Trinity nearly a year ago a Foster Care Social Worker and was quickly promoted to her current position.

Florence: What’s the best thing about working at Trinity?

Donna: The leadership. I’ve learned a lot from Tonia. She’s hands-on. I told her I wanted to work with someone who can show me the ropes on things that I don’t know. Tonia said, “There’s something I can learn from you, too, so let’s work together.” That was it for me.

Florence: What are some reasons people should think of becoming a foster parent through Trinity?

Donna: It’s rewarding. When you look at children who are in Trinity’s care, the majority of them will have a smile on their face.  When we first begin working with youth, they don’t have a smile on their face. But when staff and the social workers start working with them, you will see the transition of a child who came from an environment where there was no reason to smile. We engage them, show them love and care, and nurture them. You see a difference in the kids when you do that. I can say, since I’ve worked at another agency, all agencies don’t do that.

Angela Edgerson

Angela is a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker and has been with the agency for nearly a year.

Florence: What made you decide to work with Trinity, specifically?

Angela: I’ve always loved working with children who have been abused and/or neglected. Because I was an abused child who was never rescued; my passion is making sure that the children on my workload are heard and helped.

Florence: Describe an experience with a family that touched your heart.

Angela: I have a foster parent who was in the process of adopting a sibling group of four. The children have been in care since they were infants. The foster mom wants the children to be together and know their roots. I know the kids love her and I know she loves them. I’ve been at their house in the evening when they’re getting ready for bed. They’ll say, “I love you, Mommy.” She’ll say, “I love you, baby. Say your prayers.” They have a chance that many kids don’t get.

Trinity’s Houston office is located in Harris County. If you’re interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent and are in the area, make sure to reach out to our caring team at 713.957.8442.


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California.

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It is easy to have unconditional love for a child in crisis. Opening your home and your heart to a foster child in order for them to become happy and whole again, is very rewarding and heroic. As a foster parent, your primary role is providing safety, comfort and love to a child, but one major challenge that many foster parents face is forming positive relationships with birth parents.

The number one reason you will want this to be one of your top priorities is because it helps the child feel safe, and it greatly benefits the parent as well. You can teach them parenting skills, help them learn effective communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. As a foster parent, you can have a profound impact that can help bring a family back together. To build a good relationship with your foster child’s birth parent, try these tips:

1. Be Supportive

Most children in foster care have been abandoned, abused or neglected by their parents. It can be easy to judge them for their actions, but remember that most of these parents truly want to do better. Instead of criticizing them, offer your support or a word of encouragement when they need it most.

2. Ask Yourself Positive Questions

Temporarily losing custody of a child can be a very painful experience. Many parents experience grief, anger, and a multitude of other emotions. Asking yourself questions such as, “How would I like to be treated if I was the birth parent?” can help you develop empathy and compassion for the parent. When parents feel accepted, and are treated with respect, they will feel more comfortable with you and develop trust, which is the foundation of any successful relationship.

3. Conduct Monthly Family Meetings

An effective way to build a relationship with a birth parent is to create time to meet with them to discuss upcoming activities, school progress and other important information about their child. Parents looking to reunify with their child will not only appreciate being able to take an active role on behalf of their child, but will also form a favorable attitude about you. Having a healthy and successful relationship with birth parents is one of the best things you can do to help support your foster child and give them the stability they need to thrive.

Talk to your social worker about your desire to create and maintain a positive relationship with the child’s birth family and ask them for their suggestions. Your social worker has a wealth of experience and knowledge, remember to share your foster care hopes, concerns and successes with them!


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California. Email: fedwards@trinityys.org | Phone: (888) 346-9645

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It’s that time of year again! Father’s Day is just around the corner and all of us at Trinity Youth Services want to express our greatest appreciation to our amazing foster fathers!

The special role you play in a child’s life creates a life-long, positive impact that will help our youth become successful, caring adults. For everything that you do to take good care of your family, we commend you for stepping up to serve our children and for being positive role models who go the extra mile.

As a dedicated foster parent, we know that your first priority is taking great care of the children in your home. We realize that you have busy schedules and may often put your needs at the bottom of your to-do lists to provide the best of care to your family. While having a strong, healthy family is your main objective, there are some things you can do to take care of your family and your mental health at the same time. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Set Aside Time for Laughter

All too often, the demands of raising a family can be overwhelming and can lead to burn-out. In order to handle a demanding schedule, you need to step out of your daily responsibilities to uplift your mind, body and spirit. One way to accomplish this is including laughter throughout your day. According to a study, laughter has many health benefits. Watching a comedy, talking to someone with a great sense of humor, or reading the comics can lift your mood, increase endorphins and reduce stress.

Choose Your Food Wisely

Do you ever get up in the morning and feel lethargic? When you have a busy life, your body needs the right fuel that will help get you through the day. When you choose healthy food options, you will feel stronger, more energetic, and you will also be exhibiting positive eating habits for your children. Creating a healthy, yet delicious food plan each week can help you feel better and maintain a more calm, healthy mind and body.

Practice Thinking Happy Thoughts

Although having a family is one of the greatest gifts one can have, unmanaged stress can lead to unhappy thoughts and unhealthy behaviors. Check in on your thoughts, especially the ones you have when you first awaken. Pay close attention to any recurring thoughts that don’t feel good and replace them with thoughts that make you smile. Practicing choosing good thoughts for at least 28 days can help you feel happier, and a lot less stress. If you need additional help, learn about the Emotional Freedom Technique, a unique self-help tool that can help reduce tension and create more peace.

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florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California. Email: fedwards@trinityys.org | Phone: (888) 346-9645

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Receiving unconditional love from a supportive family changes an abandoned child’s life forever. At Trinity Youth Services, adoptions are always special times when we celebrate the union of a family and their new child. Helping a child in need connect with their forever family is always a joyous occasion! We are thrilled to announce the adorable new addition to the Ramirez family!

The Ramirez family fell in love with one-and-a-half-year-old Eddie, a happy, healthy and energetic baby boy. On adoption day, Hector, Eddie’s adoptive father, revealed that he was happy and was almost ready to cry. The close-knit family was all smiles during the adoption proceeding, Eddie was very active, smiling and playing with his other family members, including an aunt who provided him with a lot of affection and attention.

Hailing from Riverside, the Ramirezes are a loving couple who have been fostering for three years. They decided to become resource parents after witnessing a close family member’s positive experiences with foster care. “My sister adopted her foster child, and he ended up being a good kid,” Hector explained.

With love and excitement beaming from his eyes, Hector, when asked about the advice he’d give to those considering fostering or adopting, he answered, “I’d recommend babysitting, reading a couple of books to know what to expect long term. It’s pretty much instinct, I think. When you have your first child, you don’t have books that train you on how to be a parent, but you learn as you go.”

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After the court hearing, the Ramirez family cried tears of joy. Hector stated that he was very grateful that he and his family had finally made it through the adoption process. He also revealed how he felt about his adoption experience with Trinity.

“We loved it. They are great people. They work with us. If we have any questions, they’re there to answer them. It’s been perfect. Our social worker has been great. We haven’t had any bad experiences, just a good experience. If you love kids, it’s good to be a foster parent and adopt. If you enjoy kids, adoption is perfect for you,” Hector said.

It’s clear that the Ramirezes have a lot of love in their hearts for children. They are planning to adopt their other foster child in the near future. For more information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call 888.346.9645 or email info@trinityys.org.


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California. Email: fedwards@trinityys.org | Phone: (888) 346-9645

Indian Child Services

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The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was designed so that children living out of their home would be provided the most appropriate placement in committed nurturing resource (foster) homes. Services and supports will be tailored based on each child’s needs. All of these services and supports fall into 6 Core Services: mental health, transition support upon entry, educational/physical/behavioral/extracurricular support, transition to adulthood support, permanency support, and Indian child services.

The Trinity Youth Services (TYS) team, along with our resource (foster) families, will directly provide the core services and support to children, Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) and their families, fulfilling the requirements of the CCR.

Previously we outlined the fifth Core Service, Permanency Support Services. This month we will look at Indian Child Services.

When serving Native American children, Trinity Youth Services will ensure they receive all the core services and support in accordance to the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

These services will be in the best interest of the children including culturally appropriate, child-centered practices that respect Native American history, culture, retention of tribal membership, and connection to the tribal community and traditions. Trinity Youth Services resource parents are trained to participate in cultural activities with all children on a monthly basis.

This concludes our series on Core Services. Check back next time when we discuss Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Jacqueline Jakob copyJackie Jakob, Foster Care and Adoptions Director
Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity Youth Services’ operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.
Tel: 909.825.5588 | Email: info@trinityys.org

Child Family Meeting

It takes a village, as the saying goes…or a group of impassioned people, as Trinity Youth Services likes to put it. Child and Family Team Meetings are a part of every foster child’s case and are mandated by the State of California as part of the Core Practice Model.

Child and Family Team Meetings are group meetings in which life-decisions about a foster child are discussed and made. These meetings are attended by the foster child, and typically their resource parent, their Trinity social worker, county social worker, family and community members, and service providers. There, foster children get a voice and a choice in the things that matter to them. These meetings are held with the idea that families and children are experts on themselves and have the ability to address their problems and achieve success in a strengths-based setting.

Trinity Youth Services firmly believes in each child having the ability to safely and genuinely express their needs and we are in full support of Child and Family Team Meetings. We believe it is vital to the health of a foster child and their family that their preferences are heard and are part of the decision-making process.

To learn more about our programs, click here and keep an eye out for our upcoming blog posts.


Jacqueline Jakob copyJackie Jakob, Foster Care and Adoptions Director
Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity Youth Services’ operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.
Tel: 909.825.5588 | Email: info@trinityys.org

Foster Level of Care

One thing in life we can be certain of is change. Trinity Youth Services constantly adjusts to changes in policy and adapts to the needs of families served.

The State of California has implemented a new resource family compensation system for caring for foster youth. It is called the Level of Care (LOC) Rate Protocol and the adjustment departs from the age-based rate, to a strengths-based approach which supports a rate for caregivers.

LOC is a State of California legislative mandate that aims to improve and standardize home-based family care (HBFC) rate structures and fully align with Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). It is a strength-based methodology designed to identify the individual care and supervision needs of a child. All placements will be impacted by this new rate structure which is comprised of five core domains spanning across five levels of care.

The Core Domains:

  • Physical
  • Behavioral/Emotional
  • Education
  • Health
  • Permanency/Family Services

The Physical Domain are activities designed to meet the child’s individual daily living needs. The Behavioral/Emotional Domain are activities that promote resilience and well-being and encourage pro-social behavior. The Educational Domain are activities that foster student achievement and educational success. The Health Domain are activities that promote the child’s physical health. The Permanency/Family Services Domain are activities that promote visitation with the birth family, communication, identification and maintenance of life long connections with either biological connections or non-biological connections.

Partial implementation began on December 1, 2017 and the next phase begins March 1, 2018. Trinity Youth Services continually keeps families informed on changes that are important to their success. Look for more news to come about LOC as its full implementation nears.


Jacqueline Jakob copyJackie Jakob, Foster Care and Adoptions Director
Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity Youth Services’ operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.
Tel: 909.825.5588 | Email: info@trinityys.org

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On November 30, Trinity Youth Services in Rancho Cucamonga opened its doors to community members in their new location. “Our goal is to educate and inform the public about foster care as well as give support to families caring for children,” said Director Laura Kassem. “This is an opportunity for the local community to learn more about us and the services we provide.”

At the Rancho Cucamonga, CA office, 13 staff members guide resource parents through the process of creating a stable home for children. One resource parent, a retired woman caring for three foster children under the age of 5, described her experience with Trinity Youth Services. “I receive everything I need to provide these children with a happy and whole life. This lets me concentrate on the joy that they give me and how to give them what they need in a stable family environment.”

What Trinity Youth Services Provides

During their time with Trinity Youth Services, children are matched with resource parents along with all of the services they need for mental, physical and emotional well-being. Trinity Youth Services centralizes support services to ensure a smooth transition for parents and children by providing:

  • Professional guidance on how to best care for foster children.
  • A safe, staff-monitored space for children to meet with biological family members.
  • Treatment services for children from licensed social workers and therapists to heal from emotional and psychological issues that arise due to trauma.
  • Training and support for resource parents to prepare for home-based family care.
  • Intensive support and training for resource parents who care for children with complex emotional and behavioral issues.
  • A child and family team including child, resource parents, social workers, psychiatrist and other experienced staff members to develop the best plan for each child’s future.

All Trinity Youth Services locations feature one-on-one information sessions for potential resource parents and support throughout the entire certification process.

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Trinity Youth Services Kelly BaumannKelly BaumannAmeriCorps VIP Fellow
Kelly specializes in creating and optimizing digital content for the Trinity Youth Services blog. She has ten years of experience as a marketer and has held a variety of positions including content writer, social media coordinator, public relations executive and content strategist. At Trinity Youth Services, Kelly focuses on sharing stories and information to educate the public about foster care, adoption and the programs that Trinity Youth Services provides.
Tel: (909)426-0773 | Email: kbaumann@trinityys.org

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