Supportive Programs and Services
Child Welfare Services/Mental Health: Katie A – Pathways to Well Being
A Mental Health program under Napa County Child and Family Behavioral health that serves youth in foster care or juvenile probation. Program Contact Information: 707-259-8167 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tools for Living Independently – Independent Living Services (ILP)
Napa County Child Welfare Services offers the Independent Living Program (ILP) to current and former foster youth. ILP focuses on helping youth gain the basic life skills and information needed to become successful self-sufficient adults. ILP provides mentoring and training to foster care youth who were in foster care during the age of 15 1/2 to 18. Youth ages 16 and over whom are in foster care, or were in foster care on or after their 16th birthday, are eligible for services up to the age of 21. Child Welfare Services provides ILP services to enable youth to achieve self-sufficiency prior to leaving the foster care system by providing independent living skills assessments, support training, services, and a written transitional independent living plan is designed for each participant to meet the goal of being self-sufficient.
Napa County contracts with Voices Youth Center
- Apartment Hunting
- Banking Information
- Budgeting and Money Management
- Career / Job Planning
- College Applications
- Computer Training
- Educational Planning
- Financial Aid Applications
- Housing Assistance Program
- Job Training
- Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth Teens
- Social Security Card, Birth Certificate and California ID Card Applications
- Social Skills Training
- Tax Forms
- Transitional Housing Program for emancipated youth
Court Ordered Visitation for CWS families
Napa County Child Welfare Services provides court ordered visitation to children and their caregivers, siblings and family members in an engaging family friend environment. The visitation program promotes attachment and child development while ensuring child safety through mindful transitions and family centered activities. Bilingual visitation services are provided based on families’ needs and cultural backgrounds.
Children will remain stable in their placements within the community and/or will return to/remain with their family/natural connections. This service can occur when the child is in court ordered family maintenance (FM) or family reunification (FR) services.
Here are some of the goals of Nexus/Wraparound services:
- Children will successfully return to/be maintained in the community after 6 months of Wraparound services.
- The number of natural supports identified at intake and every 6 months thereafter will increase by utilizing the Connection Map and promoting a family’s ability to utilize these natural supports to meet various needs.
- School performance and attendance will improve and will be measured at weekly team meetings.
- Placement disruptions (Juvenile Hall, foster home changes)will decrease
- Youth will demonstrate an ability to be employed (volunteer or paid) or participate in community independent living skills services (for youth participants)
- Crime/Adjudication Free (for probation youth)
Child & Family Team Meetings (CFT)
Child Welfare Services strives to partner with children and families to empower them to be active participants in their case planning, as they are experts in what solutions may work best for them. An important aspect of this “teaming” approach is Child and Family Team meetings (CFT). CFT meetings are scheduled to ensure that the best possible placement decisions are made for children, including for those who cannot live safely with their parents. CFT meetings include those individuals that are best equipped to bring together their personal and professional knowledge to make the best decisions for the safety of the child, while preserving strong family and community ties. The team members may include parents, family members or caregivers, as well as people who support the family, social workers or supervisors, and community representatives. CFT meetings play a critical role in developing plans to allow children to safely remain with their families, as well as to ensure that those children who must be removed from their families are placed in the placement most appropriate to their needs.
It is the goal of the Napa Community Youth Diversion Program to work in partnership with the community by assisting youth who are exhibiting at-risk behaviors, which if not addressed, may lead to criminal behavior. We focus on delivering quality programs which in turn inspire youth to make positive changes in their lives while taking responsibility for their actions.
Aldea Substance Use Disorder services is a program that offers substance abuse prevention and treatment services for Napa County youth in order to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on our youth, families, schools and communities. Components, which are provided at the Wolfe Center in Napa as well as throughout Napa County, include:
- Substance abuse community awareness and education
- School-based prevention, screening, assessment, early and/or brief intervention, and lower-level treatment at middle and high school campuses throughout Napa County
- Alcohol and drug screening, assessment, brief intervention and referral services
- Early intervention counseling and treatment services
- Family education and parental support
- Aftercare services to support youth following their completion of the program
All services are available in Spanish.
Extended Foster Care (EFC) through California Assembly Bill 12 (AB12)
Extended Foster Care offers eligible foster and probation youth supportive services on a voluntary basis between the youth’s 18th and 21st birthdays; this can include case management, a monthly financial stipend, housing assistance, and/or education and employment training opportunities, among other individualized services.