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March 22, 2012

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March 22, 2011

Barbie is always available by phone or email to offer guidance and support. Additionally the organization provides things like cribs and other baby items as well as offering scholarships for older ch... more

March 22, 2012

Connected Through Kids routinely offers support, training and encouragement to our family and many fostering families throughout our county. The children in our home are offered many opportunities throughout the year. They may attend Birthday and holiday parties (in their honor) whale watching, Girl Scouts, tutoring, Padres games, Camp outs, Park days and many more events. Connected Through Kids also supports our family by providing necessities like bedding, pillows, cribs, carseats and other baby gear when it is needed. Barbie facilitates a clothing and equipment exchange so when a foster family is in need, they may connect with others who are passing things on. We have regular opportunities to gather with other fostering families for support and wisdom. Our family has been fostering for 10 years now, and I know we could not have made it without the support of Connected Through Kids. We plan to continue to foster for many years. Connected Through Kids is truly an amazing organization.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 22, 2011

Barbie is always available by phone or email to offer guidance and support. Additionally the organization provides things like cribs and other baby items as well as offering scholarships for older children to participate in band, dance or school trips. They offer tutoring, monthly birthday parties and a Girl Scout Troop to children who find themselves in the dependency system. Connected Through Kids also offers families opportunities to go whale watching and camping each year. All children receive gifts and pajamas at the annual Christmas party and Santa is always on hand to read a story and pose for a picture with the children. Barbie hosts a coffee each month for foster parents to connect and support one another. She often facilitates respite care for foster parents in need of it. Connected Through Kids offers support to children and their care providers in countless ways every single day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

immeasurable support, both material, such as receipt of items my children need and practical advise for getting my kids the services that they need as well as figuring out the complex court and HHSA systems. We have participated in the Whale Watching Trip and the Christmas Party. The annual campout for families is a fantastic opportunity for our children to experience a wonderful carefree week at the beach, catching waves, kayaking and building sand castles with many other children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more financial resources so that they could continue to expand their services. The organization is so well run and in touch with the needs of the community that they could only get better and better with additional resources!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through my foster care training.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Barbie and her crew are amazing. They offer support, training and navigation through the complicated foster care system. She has helped me to better provide care to the children in my home and support for the birth families they will return to.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

As a new foster/adoptive family, we've received so much support and encouragement from Connected Through Kids. It is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping children in foster care as well as providing resources for foster families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've always had someone to call with questions about the foster process as well as specifics about babies that I've cared for.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the organization.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

They say it takes a Village to Raise a Child, well, sometimes as a foster parent raising the traumatized children in the foster care system, you feel no one else understands or cares to help. I feel so blessed to have found Connected Thru Kids. They level the playing field for the children of our village by locating and offering resources including scholarships and funding for the kids so they can be like everyone else, maybe for the first time in their lives. I am so thankful to have found Barbie Caldwell and her organization. She has such an extraordinary talent for connecting people and will go thru great lengths to find the solution to a problem or filling a need of an adoptive or foster family in our community thus making what seemed impossible now possible. She offers training and support groups as well as opportunities for healthy recreation for the children and families. I truly appreciate those who support this organization who supports the kids oftentimes forgotten by our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to connect with other families who share in my desire to make a difference in the lives of these kids.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand this organization to be nationwide.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

Connected Through Kids is an organization that provides support to foster parents in San Diego county. Connected Through Kids organizes and funds activities for foster children and foster families to attend, whereas, without the help of this organization might not be possible. The organization also hosts\coordinates many different trainings and support groups for foster parents.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a newer foster parent, I have experienced 1st hand support and assistance from Barbie. She has always been available to answer questions or make suggestions when needed. Barbie has always been able to lead me in the right direction or at least give me the phone number of the person to call.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find time to volunteer some time to help the organization.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

Connected through Kids has offered so much to our community. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the foster care system. Barbie Caldwell helps children of all ages and never gives up in finding more ways to help our foster kids. They even celebrate birthdays each month along with opening up her home monthly for option moms to share their and their experience, strength and hope to better serve foster kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With providing cribs to our home

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Support financially

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