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Kids & Families Together
September 2011

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•Having Faith
•Getting Involved in Your Child's School

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Getting Involved in Your Child's School  
In last month’s newsletter, we talked about how to prepare for Back to School.  Now that it’s here, let’s talk about how to get involved in your child’s school!
Volunteering or otherwise getting involved in your child’s school is a great way to show interest in their education and it sends a message that you consider school important. Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that were once provided by the schools.  Parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning fundraising events and school activities.
Even if you have never  been involved in the past, it is never too late to start.  And you can start small.  By interacting with teachers and administrators, you get direct knowledge about your child’s activities.  You may also learn about developments and fads that may help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change.
One of the best starting points is the parent-teacher conference or the open house at the beginning of school.  Make this an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers (especially in middle and high school) and talk to them about your willingness to get involved.  This time can be invaluable.
Whether you are still working or retired, there are skills you have that many schools would be glad to have available.  Here are some ideas on how you as a parent volunteer may help:
¨ Volunteer to speak in the classroom or at career day if you have a field of expertise you’d like to share
¨ Attend PTA or other school meetings
¨ Organize or assist a club or interest group
¨ Help at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
¨ Mentor or tutor students

¨ Volunteer in the computer lab or library
Tips to keep in mind:
¨ Make it clear how much time you are willing to volunteer
¨ Start small; begin with a  one-time project or obligation
   ¨ Follow your child’s cues on how much interaction works for you when you are volunteering at the school.  Make it clear you aren’t there to spy—you are just trying to help out at school.
¨ Get feedback from the teachers or students you are working with. 
Don’t underestimate the students.  You may feel what you have to offer might not interest them but you will probably be very pleasantly surprised!


  Did you know…?
That CalWORKS and CalFresh participants and their children will be admitted FREE to any of participating museums and gardens when they present their EBT or Golden State Advantage card and Photo ID?  Here is a list of some participating museums and gardens:
¨ Los Angeles County Museum of Art   5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A.
Phone: 323-857-6000
¨ Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd. L.A.
Phone:  213-763-3466
¨ Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. L.A.
Phone:  310-440-4500
¨ Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave. Long Beach
Phone 562-437-1689
¨ Hollywood Entertainment Museum 7021 Hollywood Blvd. L.A.
Phone 323-465-7900
¨ Museum of the American West  4700 Western Heritage Way
Phone 323-667-2000



Kinship Support & Resources Group 

Join us for monthly support groups and meet others who are facing the challenges of raising the child of a relative or friend.  Topics of discussion vary but may include:  guardianship & other placement options, challenging behaviors, navigating the Child Welfare System, and how to find necessary resources.  Must Pre-Register at 805-643-1446.

In partnership with Ventura Foster & Kinship Care Education
2nd and  4th Tuesdays
Time:  6-8pm
Location: Kids & Families Together Center
856 E. Thompson Blvd.  93001

Days and Site to be determined
Call 805-643-1446 x107 if you are interested in a Group

In partnership with Camarillo Health Care District and Moorpark College’s Foster & Kinship Care Education Program
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Time:  9am-10:30am
Location:  Camarillo Health Care District 3639 Las Posas Rd.


Fostering Attachment & Monthly Interactive Attendees
Please note that Channel Islands Social Services needs to be contacted directly by the Friday before the group to schedule child care.
Their number is 805-384-0983.  This must be done before each group so that social services knows how many child care providers they need to have on hand.  K&FT is not in charge of this area.


Children who’ve been separated from birth parents, moved several times, or suffered a trauma may have difficulty forming relationships with their caregivers.  Find the support you need to strengthen bonds of attachment with the child in your care.   Open to birth, foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers, as well as the professionals that work with them.
In this series of classes, you will learn how your own attachment history influences your parenting and gain the tools to improve your parent/child relationship.
4 Thursdays
October 13, October 20, October 27 & November 3
Registration: 643-1446
(See box above regarding child care.)
Location: Kids & Families Together Center
856 E. Thompson Blvd.  93001


Designed as follow-up support to the 4-Week Series.
 3RD Tuesday
2011: Oct. 15, Nov. 15
2012: Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar., 20, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
All sessions are from 6:30 until 8:30 pm.
Location: Kids & Families Together Center
856 E. Thompson Blvd.  93001
Please be sure to read the reminder above regarding child care.


 “Extra Help” Program for Medicare Recipients
There have been changes to the “Extra Help” program to help cover the cost of prescriptions.  “Extra Help” is available to low-income Medicare beneficiaries who have limited resources and income to help cover the cost of their prescription drugs.  The beneficiary will receive co-pay assistance for prescription drugs, bringing costs to no more than $2.50 for each generic drug and $6.30 for each brand name drug. 

Congresswoman Lois Capps says “I am strongly encouraging all low-income Medicare beneficiaries to look into whether they are eligible for “Extra Help”, even if they ineligible in the past. “  To qualify, Medicare beneficiaries’ incomes must be less than $16,335 a year (or $22,065 for married  couples)  and have resources limited to $12,460 (or $25,260 for married couples).  Resources include bank accounts, stocks and bonds but do not include a beneficiary’s house, car or life insurance.  The qualifications changed recently  so those who did not qualify in the past may now be eligible.

There is no cost to apply for “Extra Help.”  Medicare beneficiaries, family members or caregivers can apply online in English and Spanish at  You may also call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for the Application for Medicare’s Part D Extra Help.
From Congresswoman Lois Capps’ website at



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