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.

Referral Process:

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.

For More Information or to Send a Referral, Contact:

Michelle Vargas, Program Coordinator
Phone: 805-280-3260
Chelseá Jensen, Program Manager
Phone: 805-347-3338 x108

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.

Santa Maria

After School Program

For More Information Contact:

After School Program
401 W Morrison Ave. Bldg. A

Santa Maria, CA
Phone: (805) 347-3388 Ext.107

Santa Barbra County

Rapid Rehousing

Good Samaritan Shelter provides a Rapid Re-Housing program for families experiencing homelessness. This intervention is designed to help those who don’t need intensive support to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. This program includes rental assistance, housing navigation assistance, and utility deposit assistance. Referrals for our rapid re-housing programs come from the Santa Barbara County’s Coordinated Entry System. 

Good Samaritan contracts with the Santa Barbara County Jail to provide discharge planning services at the jail.  The Jail Discharge Planner provides a variety of services to inmates preparing to discharge from custody.  Services include, but are not limited to, locating and securing beds in residential treatment programs or sober living, assistance with temporary housing,  applications for electronic monitoring (as an alternative to custody) and the Sheriff’s Treatment Program.  Clients can also request vouchers for California State Identification, assistance with activating Medi-Cal, and request employment and education resources.  These services are provided in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office, and other interested stakeholders.  In 2019, the Jail Discharge Planner provided services to over 4,500 inmates leaving custody and returning to our community.  

Santa Barbara County

Jail Discharge Program

For More Information Contact:

Jail Discharge Planner
4436 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA  93160

Santa Barbara

Sobering Center

The Santa Barbara County Sobering Center is a jail diversion program funded through the State of California Proposition 47. The Sobering Center will divert individuals from jail and potential legal repercussions of minor offenses and will be used to connect them to Drug and Alcohol Programs, Case Management, Housing, and other services available in the area. 

Individuals over the age of 18 who are cooperative with law enforcement during arrest will be assessed by medical professionals for eligibility. Once evaluated and accepted, individuals have a safe controlled environment for up to 24 hours to regain sobriety. We offer food, hydration and medical monitoring throughout the stay.

For More Information Or Check Availability:

Sobering Center
427 Camino del Remedio #3
Santa Barbara, CA 93110  
Phone: (805) 250-9022 


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