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Adoption and Foster Parenting
Kids & Families Together is a not-for-profit support, education and counseling resource center that provides services for individuals and families in foster care, kinship care and adoption, for the preservation of families and the physical, emotional and mental health of children. Kids & Families Together’s mission is to strengthen relationships by providing safe, supportive help that keep family members emotionally connected to one another. Children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, grief and multiple placements often need extraordinary care, understanding and “attachment-focused” therapeutic interventions.  Parents/caregivers need specialized education, support and strategies that will enhance their ability to raise safe, healthy and nurtured children.

Breastfeeding Support
The Coalition is comprised of health care providers, community leaders, policy makers, and parents, as well as public and private organizations with the common goal of promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the culture norm in Ventura County.
La Leche League has a rich history and an established philosophy of mothering through breastfeeding. Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Cesarean/Birth Awareness
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Boot Camp for New Dads® (aka Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads. Boot Camp is validated by research and has been named a best practice by many organizations that consider it an exceptional means of supporting dads-to-be and fostering behaviors that greatly benefit children and help prevent a wide range of social ills. Founded in 1990, the non-profit Boot Camp for New Dads has graduated more than 325,000 men, making it by far the nation’s largest program for new fathers, and is now offered in 44 states, on U.S. military bases, Canada and the U.K.
In 1995, we formed Dads Adventure to sponsor the non-profitBoot Camp for New Dads and develop broad support for new fathers. We publish/produce Crash Course for Dads-To-Be, the Crash Course for New Dads DVD, Dads Adventure magazine, Hit the Ground Crawling: Lessons From 150,000 New Fathers, and to bring new fathers the information they need to do a great job.

Developmental Special Needs
Tri-Counties Regional Center provides supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties so that they may live fully and safely as active and independent members of our community.  Our goal is to provide you with meaningful information. Throughout the site there are opportunities to rate and comment. Share your thoughts with us on how this information can be improved.
The Ventura County SELPA is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan, and insuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 108-446 and regulations in Code of Federal Regulations Part 300 and 3001;  and California Laws and Regulations:  Education Code Part 30 “Special Education Programs” (California Education Code, Part 30-Special Education Programs) and Code of Regulations Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 3 “Individuals with Exceptional Needs” (California Code of Regulations, Title 5 , Subchapter 1 Special Education).  The Ventura County SELPA is the second largest SELPA in the state, serving over 16,000 students with disabilities in the 21 districts in Ventura County, the Ventura County Office of Education and the Las Virgenes Unified School District in Los Angeles County.

The mission of DONA International is to promote high quality birth and postpartum support by setting the standard for the doula profession through evidence-based training and certification for doulas of diverse backgrounds
CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. Since our foundation in 1998, we have certified thousands of perinatal professionals. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations in the world, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and its commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support.

Early Years
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.
Working with parents, schools, communities, business, social and healthcare agencies, First 5 Ventura County works to fill the gaps through its network of essential health, learning and family strengthening resources–­a network that strengthens futures for children, families and communities. At the heart of First 5 Ventura County are 11 First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning (NfLs) located in communities across Ventura County. This nationally recognized, place-based model provides services—like preschool, parent/child classes and parent education—and connects families with local resources to help them raise children who are healthy, nurtured, and prepared to meet their full potential.

Guide for First Time Parents

Local Service Providers We Know
Cheryl Clearwater
Childbirth education, Doula and labor support, Post partum doula and newborn support,

Phone: (805) 649-8946

Jaci Delahanty, LMT
Childbirth education, Doula and labor support, Pre and post-natal massage, Pre and post-natal yoga

Phone: (805) 407-1202

Mothers Guild
Darcy Wronkiewicz CD(DONA), CLEC
Doula and labor support, Lactation education and breastfeeding consultant

Phone: 805-570-1595

Jenn Paul
Licensed MFT, Specializing in Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorder 
Phone: (805) 665-3690

Bronwyn Talbot
Licensed MFT, Infant Developmental Movement Educator and Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Phone: (818) 224-0305


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