A 501 (c)(3) non profit organization
"serving foster children and the families who care for them"
| CAR SEAT CLINICS COMING SOON
We will begin to offer Car Seat Clinics for foster parents in January and February, 2014. Thanks to foster parent Susan Gibb who is now a Certified Car Seat Installation Technician and the SD County Board of Supervisors who will fund the purchase of some new car seats for foster children. The classes will take place at the Options for Recovery support group in January and at the North County Foster Parent's Association support group in February. RSVP will be required. Car seats are child specific and you must attend the 2 hour training, plus a 30 minute installation session to receive a car seat. More information to come soon.
MUSIC TOGETHER CLASSES
Another 10 weeks session of "Music Together" classes began on September 12th.
This amazing family music program uses music and movement to facilitate the musical development of children. Every child has the ability to keep a beat, sing in tune and participate in music with enthusiasm ad confidence. Thanks to Kara Howard of The Vocal Experience for this amazing class.
Thanks to the Staples Foundation for helping us fund this class.
FOSTER PARENT VOICE
A foster parent group has been formed to follow up with County regulations and issues that arise between foster parents/social workers, policy changes/enforcement or lack of it. Foster parents meet with foster parent leaders every other month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. (just prior to the 7:00 p.m. NCFPA Support Group Training at SFTH). What has been discovered is that typically the same foster parent complaints arise regarding the same issues and staff involved. Clarification can be obtained and issues can be resolved before reaching the frustration level for many foster parents but we need your FOSTER PARENT VOICE.
ANNUAL CAMPING TRIP TO CARPINTERIA STATE BEACH
We had our annual 7 day camping trip to Carpinteria State Beach in August. We had a princess/pirate party, camped under the starts, participated in the Junior Ranger program, saw lots of sea life, enjoyed the tide pools, kayaking, nature animals and most of all socialization with other foster families. For some of our kids it was the first time they ever camped and for others it was re-connecting with friends. Thanks to the David T. and Dorris E. Staples Foundation for helping us fund this amazing annual adventure.
NORTH COUNTY FOSTER FAMILY PICNIC
Thanks to Supervisor Dave Roberts for providing a grant and Brady Corporation for thier funding assistance for our North County Foster Family Picnic, Health & Wellness Fair/Community Partner Outreach Day which was held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at San Dieguito Park in Solana Beach. This family event was a collaborative partnership between Connected Through Kids and Straight From The Heart, Inc. A fun time was had by all. Thanks to all of our Community Partners who set up booths and provided information regarding their services to our foster/adoptive families.
SUMMER SWIMMING LESSONS & LEGOLAND ADVENTURE
While we had a break from Music Together Class during the summer our kids were able to stay connected and participate in indoor swimming lessons and enjoy a trip to Legoland. What a bunch of swimmers and friendly adventurers group we have!!
PETCO PARK FUNDRAISING TEAM
Thanks to our amazing fundraising Petco Park team of volunteers. This fundraising project is a huge project that we could not do without each of your individual help. We worked 29 Padre games plus the Mexico Soccer Game and these funds enable us to provide the activities and services we provide to our foster, adoptive and kinship families. If you are interested in joining our team, please email us and let us know. There will be a mandatory food handlers training for the next season in March, 2014 and we will add you to our notification list.
Many thanks go out to Emmanuel Faith Community Church and The Church at Rancho Bernardo for the many Respite Days you have provided for our families during the year. We appreciate the reprieves and activities that you provide for both the children and parents. It is appreciate by all who utilize your respite.
APPRECIATION DAY FOR PETCO PARK FUNDRAISING TEAM
Our fundraising team was treated to a Padre game on Saturday, September 7th in appreciation for all of their hard work throughout the baseball season. That was a fun day and the Padres even won!!!
THANKS TO THE SAN DIEGO PADRES
Thanks to the San Diego Padres, many of our families were able to enjoy the experience of attending some baseball games throughout the baseball season.
BIKES FOR KIDS DONATED
Thanks to William and Debbie Pollakov of Bikes for Kids who donated several bicycles to our kids through a Team Building Workshop hosted in Del Mar in June. Some kids had big smiles on their faces as they were presented with bikes that were put together by some folks at a corporate conference.
Thank You to Mark & Arlene Fliegler of Old Fliegler's Farm
Our families had a blast on our visit to your farm on March 28th. What a fun filled day.
Thank you for sharing your farm, your home, your animals, the lesson on gardening, the craft project and lunch.
We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable adventure. Our families are so appreciative for all the hard work you put into making this day special for our kids.
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT AT TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE
Thank You to all of our patrons who purchased $20 discount tickets to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course!!
This was a fundraiser made possible by The Century Club and we appreciate your support. Visit us again next year for your 1/2 price tickets.
AND THANK YOU to The La Jolla Cove Suites and Bank of Southern California for allowing us to use your facility for a ticket pickup point.
AND many thanks go out to our AMAZING FUNDRAISING TEAM that worked the 18th hole concession stand with us at the Tournament.
It was a huge success and we could not have done it without you!!
ANNUAL WHALE WATCHING TRIP
This annual event will take place on President's Day, 2013. A great time was had by all. Thanks to Helgren's Landing for making this opportunity affordable for us.
DECEMBER 15 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Our Options Christmas party was a huge success on December 15th. Thanks to everyone who helped us make this event a success and a special thanks to our very own "Santa Claus" aka Terry Robertson for again putting smiles on the faces of over 150 kids.
CTK APPRECIATION DINNER AND PAJAMA GIVEAWAY
Thank you to Mission Hills Church and Leez PJ's 4 Kids for helping us show our appreciation to our event and fundraising participants at our CTK Appreciation party and Pajama Giveaway on December 9th at The Spaghetti Factory.
DECEMBER 2ND RESPITE DAY
Sunday, December 2, 2012. Thank you to The Church at Rancho Bernardo for hosting this much needed day of respite for our families. Our kids always have so much fun at your events. We appreciate you!!
November 10th - Foster Family Play and Respite Event
Thanks to The Church at Rancho Bernardo for hosting lunch, respite and a presentation of "The Little Mermaid" for our families on November 10, 2012
Tutors Available for Foster Children
Do you have a foster child that needs a tutor? Contact us and we can arrange for one.
BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FOSTER KIDS
Do you have a school age foster child in need of a backpack and/or school supplies? Thanks to the generosity of some local community organizations we can help with this need. Contact us at email@example.com to arrange a time to stop and get one.
5th Annual CTK Camping Trip was Fun Fun Fun!!
Thanks to the Staples Foundation for a grant to help us fund this awesome annual event.
Another fun camping trip as we headed out to Carpinteria State Beach July 28 - August 4 for 7 days that were filled with fun while soaking in the sun, watching dolphins and sea lions, lots of other outdoor animal creatures and watching the stars while we camped out!! Tide pools, hikes, biking, a very fun carnival day, Junior Rangers Program activities for the kids, new friends and so much more made this annual event a great vacation for our foster and adoptive families.
Thanks to Kohl's Kares For Kids
helpers at our Options picnic on August 22nd. Over 200 Options foster family members attended this fun filled day at DeAnza cove at Mission Bay.
THANK YOU TO THE SAN DIEGO PADRES
Thanks to the Padres our families were able to enjoy outings to 3 Padre games during the 2012 baseball season.
Our 5th Annual CTK Charity Golf Tournament was another success!!
Thanks to everyone who participated or attended the golf tournament on Friday, May 4th. It was another successful tournament to help us raise funds for the operation of our resource center for families.
Upcoming Events - Watch for more info to come soon
December 2nd - Respite Day at Emmanuel Faith Church
December 15th - Options Holiday Support Group Potluck
Notary Public Services
If you are a foster parent or kinship caregiver, we have Notary Public service available to you at "no charge". Call us at (760) 716-4824 to make arrangements to have a signature notarized.
Some of our Past Events:
Annual Birthday/St. Patricks Day Party and BBQ Picnic
Saturday, March 17, 2012
We had a blast!! Thanks to everyone who came out to join us. 68 birthdays, a record setting party!! In spite of the rain, we moved indoors to the Escondido Joslyn Center and even had a Mardi Gras Parade. This was a wonderful family event full of good good and socialization, games, crafts, flower planting, plenty of food, followed by cake and ice cream.
Annual Whale Watching Trip
The boat was full when it took off from the Oceanside Harbor for our annual whale watching trip on February 20, 2012. A great time was had by all. Thanks to Helgren's Sportfishing.
Christmas Appreciation Party and Pajama Giveaway on December 10th, 2011
Families enjoyed a photo with Santa, gifts and stockings, new pajamas, decorated cookies and ornaments, made Christmas necklaces, played games, socialized and enjoyed lots of great food including a fountain overflowing with chocolate.
Thanks to the many community organizations who helped us make this event happen:
Leez PJs 4 Kids
Mission Hills Church
Emmanuel Faith Community Church
The Robertson Family
The Escondido High School AVID Club
Knights of Columbus
2012 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines
Thanks to everyone who purchased $17 discount tickets to this event. CTK will keep $15 of each ticket sold. Thank you for supporting our organization through this fundraising opportunity.
Thank You to Damian Santiago
for donating $1 of each of his gem ornaments to CTK
For more information or to purchase one of these ornaments visit his website at
Child and Babysitting Safety" Class for Teens
Ages 11 and up
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
13 Teens participated in this excellent training and each one received a CABS booklet and starter first aid kit to take home. Upon completion of the course, participants also received a Babysitting Certificate and Pediatric CPR card. Thanks to Sue Lockhart of Lockart Training for this excellent training for our teens.
A Day At Wild Rivers
June 28, 2011
Amazing fun for kids and adults alike!! We spent the day sliding, floating in the lazy river, socializing under the cabana while watching the little kiddos splash in the toddler pool. Ahhh....fun in the sun.
Foster Family Night Out
at The Church at Rancho Bernardo
Our families were treated to a presentation of The Wizard of Oz performed by church youth and then served a dinner by church members at The Church of Rancho Bernardo. Thanks to all of you who helped make this a great night out for our foster families.
CTK Birthday Party & Picnic
at Felecita Park
We had a barbeque lunch and celebrated birthdays for those kids in foster families celebrating birthdays between October and April. 22 kids celebrated birthdays and each birthday child received a gift. It was a great day.
Skin Care Class for Teens
April 11, 2011
Hope Baca, a former foster youth developed her own line of skin care products, Now There's Hope. She provided a skin care training at CTK for our teen girls and each girl received product to take home. Thank you Hope!!!
Channel 10 Leadership Award presented to
Barbie Caldwell of Connected Through Kids.