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FAMILY RESOURCES in the County of Santa Barbara

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always stressful, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing who to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to the County of Santa Barbara because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites provide up-to-date information on local happenings, weather and issues such as city council meetings and municipal contacts.

State of California
www.ca.gov

County of Santa Barbara
www.countyofsb.org

City of Santa Maria
www.cityofsantamaria.org

City of Santa Barbara
www.santabarbaraca.gov


City of Lompoc
www.cityoflompoc.com

City of Goleta
www.cityofgoleta.org

City of Carpinteria
www.carpinteria.ca.us

City of Guadalupe
www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us

Vandenberg Air Force Base
www.vandenberg.af.mil

Of the 17 other communities, only two — Los Alamos (www.losalamosvalley.org) and Los Olivos (www.losolivosca.com) — have websites, but plenty of people still call Orcutt, Isla Vista, Montecito, Vandenberg Village, Santa Ynez, Mission Hills, Mission Canyon, Toro Canyon, Summerland, Cuyama and New Cuyama, Ballard, Sisquoc, Casmalia and Garey home.

PUBLIC SAFETY

California Highway Patrol
www.chp.ca.gov 
The statewide California Highway Patrol is headed by a commissioner and has 11 field offices and 11 area divisions. The Coastal Division, which includes the County Santa Barbara, has 530 uniformed officers, 162 non-uniformed personnel and 11 area offices, three of those in the County of Santa Barbara: in Buellton, in Santa Maria and in Goleta. The CHP is responsible for highway safety, and for protecting members of the public, their property, state workers and state public property, and also collaborates with local, state and federal public agencies.

Police/Sheriff
Emergency...................................................911

County of Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
Non-emergency ..........................805-681-4100
www.sbsheriff.org

Santa Barbara Police Department
Non-emergency ......................... 805-897-2300
www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police

Santa Maria Police Department
Non-emergency .........................805-928-3781
www.cityofsantamaria.org/3051.shtml

Lompoc Police Department
Non-emergency ......................... 805-736-2341
www.lompocpd.com

Goleta Police Department
Non-emergency ......................... 805-961-7512
www.cityofgoleta.org

City of Carpinteria
Non-emergency ..........................805-681-4100
www.sbsheriff.org
Law enforcement in Carpinteria is handled by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office in nearby Santa Barbara.

Guadalupe Police Department
Non-emergency .......................... 805-343-2112
www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us/index.php/city-government/ departments/police

Fire and Rescue
Emergency...................................................911

County of Santa Barbara Fire Department
Non-emergency ..........................805-681-5500
www.sbcfire.com

The County of Santa Barbara Fire Department blankets the county with 17 fire stations and more than 240 emergency personnel spread over 11 communities. In addition to fighting fires, the department maintains an air support unit for fire, rescue or medevac missions; a heavy equipment construction unit to lay down firebreaks quickly, or help during floods, earthquakes, structure fires, and urban search and rescue; a hazardous materials response team; an urban search and rescue team used in situations like building collapses, cave-ins, earthquakes, explosions, floods and the like; Riley, the yellow Lab half of a search dog team who’s trained to find trapped survivors after disasters; and a water rescue team with both swift-water and ocean expertise.

City of Santa Barbara Fire Department
Non-emergency ........................ 805-965-5254
www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/fire

City of Santa Maria Fire Department
Non-emergency ..........805-925-0951, ext. 255
www.cityofsantamaria.org/3052.html

City of Lompoc Fire Department
Non-emergency ........................ 805-736-4513
www.cityoflompoc.com/Fire

City of Goleta Fire Department
Goleta does not have a central non-emergency fire department phone number. Each station has its own:
1. Fire Station 11
6901 Frey Way........................ 805-681-5511
2. Fire Station 12
5330 Calle Rea..........................805-581-5512
3. Fire Station 14
320 Los Carneros .................... 805-681-5514
www.cityofgoleta.org/index.aspx?page=103

Carpinteria Summerland Fire Department
Non-emergency ......................... 805-684-4591
www.carpfire.com

FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES

California Department of Social Services
www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG78.htm
The California Department of Social Services has 4,200 workers in 51 offices statewide, and works as well with the 58 county welfare departments, including the County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services, and with many community-based organizations.

Child Care Licensing Program
www.ccld.ca.gov/pg411.htm
The state-run Child Care Licensing Program licenses and monitors child care centers and family child care homes to make sure they are safe and healthy for children in day care. Its website contains a wealth of information for families.

Child Care and Development
Program ..................................... 916-319-0800
www.cde.gov.sp/cd/op/cdprograms.asp
California subsidizes many child care and development programs. This California Department of Education website shows what’s available.

Home & Family
www.ca.gov/HomeFamily/ChildrenFamilies/ ChildCare.html
The state’s Home & Family website links to the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, the California Child Care Health Program, the Trustline California Registry of Child Care Providers and child development resources.

Children’s Home Society of California ..............................213-240-5900
www.chs.ca.org
Since 1891, the mission of this nonprofit has been to strengthen families and protect children.

Child Care Resource Center...........................................818-717-1000
www.ccrcla.org/financial-assistance

Among other things, this private nonprofit helps those needing assistance through the maze of possibilities and requirements.

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
Santa Barbara .............................805-963-6631
Santa Maria ............................... 805-925-7071
www.rrnetwork.org/rr-in-every-county/.../ paying-for-child-care.html
What started as a grassroots effort to help parents find child care has developed into a system underwritten by the state that supports parents, providers and local communities in finding, planning for and providing quality child care.

California Health and Human
Services Agency ....................... 916-654-3454
www.chhs.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx
This state agency administers California’s Health Benefit Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

California Department of Health Care
Services — Medi-Cal ................ 800-541-5555
www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/ default.aspx
Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California, is administered by this department.

Family to Family California .. . 805-737-6019
www.f2f.ca.gov
Santa Barbara is in the Central/Coastal Cluster of counties for this Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative to improve child care services. The office is in the County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services in Santa Barbara.


County of Santa Barbara Department of Social Services/ Child Welfare Services
www.countyofsb.org/social_services
There are three offices in the county:
234 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 .......... 805-681-4401
2125 S. Centerpointe Parkway
Santa Maria, CA 93454 .............. 805-346-7135
1100 W. Laurel Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436.................... 805-737-7080

Child Care Aware
www.usa.childcareaware.org
This nationwide service helps families learn more about good child care and how to find and pay for it in their communities. There’s a special section for the military child.

History and Government Just for Kids
www.ca.gov/HomeFamily/ChildrenFamilies/ Justforkids
The state maintains a fun informational website filled with virtual tours, engaging facts, brain teasers and pages to print out and color.

To check out a specific provider in the County of Santa Barbara, contact the Central Coast Regional Office of the Community Care Licensing Division, part of the state’s Health and Human Services Agency:
6500 Hollister Ave., Suite 200, MS 29-09
Goleta, CA 93117....................... 805-562-0400
www.ccld.ca.gov/PG41.htm
Tips for Choosing Child Care
Identify Your Needs and Expectations
When it comes to choosing child care, there are a number of arrangements available, including family child care homes, child care centers, nannies and nanny shares. A child care provider’s location, facilities and academic and social programs will also factor into your decision. Make a list of your ideal caregiver qualities before you start your search.

Plan Ahead
Waiting lists for care vary widely, depending on the type of caregiver you are seeking. Start contacting your preferred caregivers several months prior to your date of need, if possible.

Licensure
Moving to a new city presents many challenges for families, and the task of finding quality care for children in a new location can be particularly daunting. Fortunately, finding a caregiver in your new city doesn’t have to entail a lot of guesswork. The following steps can assist you in finding the type of care arrangement that will best suit your family’s needs

Conduct a Phone Screening
Your initial conversation with a provider will help determine if his/her services are a good fit for your family.

Make an Initial Visit
Plan your first provider visit without your child, if possible. This will allow you to ask detailed questions and assess the provider without distractions.

Ask for Program Details
The provider should be able to give you a clear, concise description of his/her programs, philosophy, curriculum and facilities.

PETS

Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
• Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
• Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up-to-date so the chip can effectively reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
• Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by the city and can be another way your dog can be retunred to you.
• Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside. Give them a post to scratch, a window to perch in and plenty of toys and they will love the great indoors.

Animal Services
County of Santa Barbara Community Animal Shelters
The county maintains three animal shelters:

Santa Barbara Animal Shelter 5473 Overpass Road Goleta, CA 93117.............. 805-681-5285

Lompoc Animal Shelter 1501 W. Central Ave Lompoc, CA 93436............805-737-7755

Santa Maria Animal Center 548 W. Foster Road Santa Maria, CA 93455 ... 805-934-6119

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society ........................ 805-349-3435

www.smvhs.org

City of Santa Barbara Animal Control........................ 805-963-1513

www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police/ admin/animals.asp

Santa Barbara Humane Society ...................... 805-964-4777

www.sbhumanesociety.org

City of Carpinteria Animal Rescue and Care 805-684-5405, ext. 413/418

www.carpinteria.ca.us/communitydev/animals _rescueandcare.shtml

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society (Buellton)..................... 805-688-8224

www.syvhumane.org

Sisquoc Humane Society......... 800-872-0222

www.animal-humanesociety.net/SisquocCaliforniahumanesociety

 

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