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.
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.
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.
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.
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.