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2019-06-06 Print

“Strengthening Ventura County Families” Michael Sanders announced as keynote speaker at Informational Town Hall Meeting, June 29

Ventura County’s Children and Family Services encourages the community to learn about many opportunities available to support our families and youth in care; learn what it can mean to be a resource family at this educational Town Hall Meeting; featuring national motivational speaker and expert on youth and children in (foster) care.


(Ventura, Calif.) – Ventura County’s Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids/Homes with Heart VC, is excited to host a free, informational Town Hall on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to noon at the Oxnard College Conference Center in Oxnard. Families, professionals, businesses, and churches are encouraged to attend this educational event. Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids/Homes with Heart VC are currently in need of resource families that are willing to open their home and heart to support a child and their family to reunification. This is the perfect place to learn more about the many ways you can make a difference in your community by supporting a resource family, youth in care and their family. A panel of teens, a resource family and a reunified family will share their heartfelt stories, rounding out the event with famous motivational speaker, Michael Sanders, who will entertain, educate and inspire. Sanders will address the impact of Quality Parenting as it relates to not only helping a child but also supporting a family.

Sanders began his motivational speaking career over 20 years ago, since then, he has encouraged and inspired teens and their families in 46 states and five Canadian Provinces with the simple notion, “to be and do their best.”
Jaci Johnson, Program Coordinator/Resource Family Approval/Recruitment for Ventura County Children and Family Services’ said, “Michael Sanders, a leader in our field, is coming to our County which is a great opportunity for all!” Johnson added, “We want to invite everyone, families with children, those interested in potentially helping families and youth, anyone and everyone to learn more about strengthening Ventura County’s families who need our support and help. We are confident everyone can walk away feeling inspired and ready to support our families our teens and our youth in care as they walk along the pathway to empowerment and joy in their lives.”

Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids, soon shifting to Homes with Heart VC, has been an innovative brand in the state of California serving predominantly as a recruitment tool in Ventura with a focus on family empowerment and having resource families walk alongside and support our families on their journey to reunification. Recognized as an innovative and forward thinking agency, Ventura County Children and Family Services are shifting toward a more overarching brand which will continue to express that today’s foster care system is making a positive shift. Strengthening VC Families is forming to better express the reunification and the initiatives put in place here in Ventura County to empower and support the entire family including biological parents, resource families and youth.

Town Hall informational meeting:

Who: All community members interested in supporting youth and children in care
When: Saturday, June 29, from 10am – noon
Where: Oxnard College Conference Center; 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033
Questions: or call 805-654-3220
Registration: Visit to register, childcare is available at registration

About Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids
Recognized as a best practice leader statewide in the family recruitment and support component of child welfare, Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids was developed to increase the amount of loving resource families who are ready to take in children in need in Ventura County. This initiative provides resource families with ongoing support services, trauma-informed training, and mentorship to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of Ventura County’s youth and families. Learn how Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids is making a difference throughout Ventura County,

Contact Info
Shanna MacLagan
4572 Telephone Road, Suite 913

Phone: 8056541564