Other Supportive Services
Peer Parent Partner Program
Peer Mentorship Throughout Involvement with the Child Welfare System, from Initial Detention to Reunification/Permanency
Who are Parent Partners?
We are “life-trained paraprofessionals”, which allows us to reach parents who are currently navigating the Child Welfare System with a profound level of empathy that few can. Our knowledge of CWS gives us the ability to clarify language in documents, explain expectations and procedures, and enlighten parents to resources offered through CWS. We work within our client’s treatment team which can include social workers, probation officers, therapists and other legal representation to advocate and support them. We give a positive perspective, showing that though the challenges ahead may seem overwhelming, it is absolutely attainable. Our main objective is to deliver a clear message of encouragement, self-empowerment, and the vision of hope.
What does a Parent Partner do?
Parent Partners work directly with CWS, Child Welfare Staff, systems, and agencies to provide a network of care within the community. Parent Partners collaborate with social workers and other providers to meet the needs of families, assist in policy and program development, change perceptions in communities, and facilitate trainings and learning opportunities. Our goal in the Parent Partner Program is to provide assistance and support to parents in the process of reuniting with their child/children.
Parent Partners Provide:
- One-on-one peer mentorship
- Weekly appointments (in person or over the phone)
- Support at court hearings
- Client accountability
- Advocacy of client to CWS and legal system
- Recognition of family strengths
- Promotion of personal empowerment
- Focused support on Case Plan objectives
- Safety Focused Family Planning
The Program Includes:
- One-on-one peer support
- Information about resources in community
- Assistance in understanding and meeting requirements of case plan responsibilities including:
- Working with CWS worker
- Communication skills
- Case Plan requirements
- Reunification process
- Assistance in navigating the Child Welfare System
- Accountability for healthy decision-making process towards change that ensures child safety
- Assisting parents to establish safety networks
- Relapse-prevention planning
Who Is Eligible?
Any family with an open Child Welfare Case regardless of duration of case, who is currently being offered services through CWS, is eligible to work with a Parent Partner. Our program is voluntary and provided through Good Samaritan from Child Welfare Services.
The peer mentors in the Parent Partner Program will accept referrals from Child Welfare Services and partnering agencies. We work to support families who are currently going through the Juvenile Court System to establish an ongoing supportive relationship with them.
The After School Program is located at 401 W Morrison Ave., Building C in Santa Maria, CA. Developed in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Education Office and currently in partnership with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, the After School Program meets the unique educational needs of homeless children. The program is operated Monday-Friday 2:30-5:00PM and from 1:30-5:00 PM on Thursdays. A seasonal winter camp and summer camp program are also offered.
After School Program
For More Information Contact:
401 W Morrison Ave. Bldg. A
Santa Maria, CA
Phone: (805)347-3388 Ext.107