Staying involved in our communities.
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!
Pathway Family Services is celebrating its 17 years 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 15 to 17 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)!
March is National Social Worker Appreciation month.
Every March, National Social Work Month recognizes the work and dedication that social workers across the country deliver while providing services to children and families in need. We like to say social workers.. are the secret sauce.
Social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles that prevent them from living life to the fullest. People become social workers because they have a strong desire to help others and make society a better place. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 700,000 professional social workers are hard at work nationwide, but that number is expected to rise to more than 800,000 by 2030.
We are so thankful for the amazing social workers we have at Pathway and they way they care for our Resource Families and foster children.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention month.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to share the importance of individuals and communities working together to keep families safe and healthy. Everyone has a role to play in making sure that our community is a great place for children and families to thrive. There are simple steps we can take every day to help reduce the risk factors of child abuse and neglect. When the well-being of children and families becomes the priority of everyone in a community, child abuse and neglect cases will decrease. All children deserve great childhoods and should be raised in healthy, nurturing homes, free from abuse and neglect. Children who are raised in supportive, stable, and nurturing environments are more likely to lead healthy and successful lives. Prioritize the well-being of California’s children by implementing policies that strengthen families. When we ensure the healthy development of the next generation, they are more likely to contribute positively to our communities and be productive, responsible members of society. Preventing child abuse is everyone’s responsibility. Even though California is made up of many different families, we are all part of one community. Together we can stop child abuse and neglect and give kids great childhoods. Help us raise awareness and prevent child abuse.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Starting in 1988, U.S. Presidents issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation.
The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. Current activities focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care and highlighting how the child welfare system can prioritize foster care as a service to families and promote reunification.
Help us raise awareness about the need for quality foster families.
Recognize local Foster families and thank them for the amazing work they do.