RaisingHOPE provides advocacy, awareness and funds to abused and neglected children, many of whom are or were in the foster care system, in the Ventura County area through community events, mentoring and legal services.
There are approximately 1,000 children in the child welfare system in Ventura County and approximately 28,000 children in the child welfare system in neighboring Los Angeles County.
Advocacy is crucial to preserving families and protecting children in child welfare. RaisingHOPE advocates on to give a voice to those who are most affected by the child welfare system.
Children in the child welfare system have many needs beyond food, shelter and clothing. RaisingHOPE is a gap filler that covers the cost for items or experiences that benefit a dependent child. We want kids in care to have opportunities that all children have: to participate in extracurricular activities, attend camp, visit relatives, receive orthodontic care and have books for college.
Young people that grow up in the child welfare system for any length of time often do not have stable, safe adults in their lives. This often leads to homelessness, addiction and despair. RaisingHOPE connects foster youth and former foster youth with a caring, stable adult who can provide wisdom, resources and connections for that young person on a long term basis.
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for your understanding and for paying for me to have my [dental] crown done. This was a huge surprise for me and [my social worker] not only because this is the second time you have helped me and I am so appreciative for that! This has helped me in a huge way especially for being a full time college student and a mother of two children so once again thank you so much.
- Foster Youth | 18 years old
You certainly have raised my hope for the human race with your kindness and generosity to “Jennifer”. Thank you so very much for the fridge and microwave oven that she desperately needed! I’ve been a CASA volunteer for more than 18 years now and have seen so much. It’s nice to see the goodness too.
- Court Appointed Special Advocate | Volunteer