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.
To learn more about becoming a resource parent or schedule a one-on-one information session with Trinity Youth Services, click here.
Kelly Baumann, AmeriCorps 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.
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Trinity Youth Services’ Rancho Cucamonga office currently serves 42 families and has 70 youth in placement. Resource families invite foster youth into their own home to provide consistent support and compassion, day in and day out.
“We had this event to bring families together,” said Trinity Rancho Cucamonga Director, Laura Abujudeh. “It was an opportunity for us to take the time to extend a ‘thank you’ to all our resource parents for working around the clock to ensure the needs of all children in their care are met.”
In attendance were resource families, Assemblyman Steinorth, The Hillman Group and Trinity staff, for a total of about 60 people. The Hillman Group Rialto Distribution Center held multiple fundraisers to make this event possible and even volunteered the day of the event to help barbeque. LuLaRoe also fundraised for this event and made a generous donation of “mommy and me” clothing sets, which were raffled during the event.
Families in attendance enjoyed entertainment by Susie Q the Clown, face painting, a bounce house, barbequed hotdogs, fresh salad and tasty gelato. Families also received a gift bag provided in partnership with the Children’s Foundation of America.
“I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to express how deeply gratified I am that each and every one of these families has invested their time and energy into taking care of our young people” said Steinorth. “I believe in foster families and I believe in adoption; I believe that all of those good works really make the difference. You have made an immeasurable difference for all of them.”
Thank you to all who helped make this event possible, showing gratitude to the families who have generously opened their hearts and their homes for children in need. Most importantly, thank you to the families who care for children in foster care.
Sasha Chavez, AmeriCorps VIP Intern
Sasha is volunteering with Trinity Youth Services and the Children’s Foundation of America as our AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Intern. This mutually beneficial partnership allows Sasha to work hand-in-hand with our nonprofit organizations to develop and expand the quality of the volunteer opportunities to address the unmet needs of our local community. Sasha has been a wonderful asset to our team. She creates content for our social media, assists with our community outreach and has even helped by coordinating fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. She lives locally to our headquarters in Claremont and studies public relations and marketing at the University of La Verne. When she isn’t working as an intern, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family.