Staying involved in the Kern County community!
Pathway Family Services is celebrating its 15th Anniversary!
Rick L. Smith, our Founder and Executive Director started Pathway Family Services in the early Spring of 2006 and was fully licensed to provide Foster Family Agency services on July 19, 2006. He volunteered his time for six months and initiated the agency with one part-time employee and one contract social worker.
Within 18 months, PFS quickly grew to be a team of 9 full-time employees. Over the next 14 years PFS has continued to grow from one office and one program, serving one county to having 5 offices, 6 programs, serving 6 counties (soon to be 7 counties)! Rick and his leadership team have planned several celebration events this summer for PFS’ resource parents, staff and the PFS Board. There is much to be grateful for and to celebrate!
November is National Adoption Awareness Month!
Recently, one of our families completed the adoption process of a 3 year and an 18 month brothers. As the three year observed his mother signing the paperwork to complete the adoption process, she asked the three-year-old if he knew what was happening. He responded by saying, “yes, I am being donated to you.” November is the month that we celebrate the donation of children into forever families.
November is National Adoption Month across the United States. Its purpose is to spotlight the need for more than 120,000 youth who are in the nation’s foster care system to become a part of forever families through adoption. Currently there are more than 1500 foster youth in the state of California who need to be adopted.
It’s purpose is to also celebrate the commitment and connection that many resource (foster) parents have made to adopt the foster child living in their home.
Give a Gift of Hope and Love to a Foster Child This Christmas
This Christmas season you can purchase a gift for a local foster child through the links below. We have set up lists for Kern County, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara areas on Amazon to make for easy ordering. To purchase a gift, just click a link below, select a gift, and it will be delivered to the children. Be a blessing this Christmas!