Community Supports

Department of Social Services (Santa Barbara County)

Learn more about the department of social services, food assistance, Medi-Cal/health coverage, and job services in Santa Barbara county!

Food Bank Resources

The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County.


CalFresh (also known as Food Stamps or SNAP) helps people with limited income buy healthy food. Learn what you need to do in order to apply and receive CalFresh!

Volunteering 101

Learn about the importance of volunteering, plus several VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES near you!

Community Awareness

Being involved in one's community is an important way to help out, get to know people, and learn more about where you live! Learn more about the things you can do near you!

Foster Club

Being placed in foster care can be a chaotic and anguishing experience for a young person. FosterClub is dedicated to providing a peer support network for children and youth in foster care. Further, we believe that the experiences young people have in foster care place them in a position to effect change within the system, inform and motivate their peers, build public awareness and create public will for improved care for abused and neglected children.

California Youth Connection

California Youth Connection was founded in 1988 by a group of foster youth and supportive adults to provide a vehicle for California foster youth to learn leadership and advocacy skills and to engage directly with policymakers to improve the foster care system. Founded on the model of youth empowerment, CYC maintains a dual focus on policy and youth development.  

Public Libraries

Libraries are a great source of learning: they provide information and entertainment resources, web site indexes, databases, and more! Check out your local library today.

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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