Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Santa Barbara County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of California
County of Santa Barbara
City of Buellton
City of Carpinteria
City of Goleta
City of Guadalupe
City of Lompoc
City of Santa Barbara
City of Santa Maria
City of Solvang
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
California Department of Social Services
The California Department of Social Services has 4,200 workers in 51 offices statewide and works with the 58 county welfare departments, including the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, and with many community-based organizations. The department offers a host of services and programs related to child welfare services, child care, foster care, food assistance, employment services, residential care and more. For more information on local offices and their programs in Santa Barbara County, visit www.countyofsb.org/social_services.
Santa Barbara County Child and Family Services
4 Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Barbara County Child and Family Services helps protect children and preserve families. The division’s website provides information on various family programs and services, including Sexual Assault Response Team, child nutrition, adolescent mental health, child abuse prevention and adoption.