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Family Resources in Santa Barbara County

Vandenberg AFB Family Resources in Santa Barbara County

 

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

www.ca.gov

County of Santa Barbara

www.countyofsb.org

City of Buellton

www.cityofbuellton.com

City of Carpinteria

www.carpinteria.ca.us

City of Goleta

www.cityofgoleta.org

City of Guadalupe

www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us

City of Lompoc

www.cityoflompoc.com

City of Santa Barbara

www.santabarbaraca.gov

City of Santa Maria

www.cityofsantamaria.org

City of Solvang

www.cityofsolvang.com

FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES

Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

www.care.com

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

www.childcareaware.org

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

www.cdss.ca.gov

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
866-901-3212
www.countyofsb.org/childfamily.sbc

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.

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Vandenberg AFB Family Resources

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.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org 

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org 

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org 

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 has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.mil 

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you will always be in the loop.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org 

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

California Department of Social Services

www.cdss.ca.gov 

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 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 866-901-3212

www.countyofsb.org/childfamily.sbc 

Santa Barbara County Child and Family Services helps protect children and preserve families. Its website provides information on family programs and services, including Sexual Assault Response Team, child nutrition, adolescent mental health, child abuse prevention and adoption.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org 

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

Pets

Vandenberg AFB Family Resources 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 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 a city or county and can be another way your dog can be returned to you.
  • Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes, owls and other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.

Your pet faces many new outside dangers. Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes generally hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Mountain lions have typically hunted deer but as more people are moving into mountain lion territory, mountain lions have started hunting other animals. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside. Another preventive measure is to install outdoor lighting so animals cannot approach the area unseen. Rattlesnakes are generally 2.5 to 4.5 feet long, have triangular-shaped heads and rattle if they feel threatened. So keep your dog on a short leash outside and stick to walking in cleared areas.

Animal Services 
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Education and Outreach 916-322-8911
www.wildlife.ca.gov

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with wildlife and how to report a wildlife incident or an injured or orphaned wild animal. The department promotes its Keep Me Wild campaign aimed at educating residents about safeguarding garbage and pet food so they don’t attract wildlife. If wild animals have access to human food and garbage, they will lose their natural fear of humans and could become aggressive. They might have to be killed. Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors, and most will not bother you. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance as long as they remain fully wild.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services

http://cosb.countyofsb.org/phd/animal.aspx?id=23086

Lompoc Animal Shelter

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

Santa Barbara Animal Shelter

5473 Overpass Road
Goleta, CA 93111
805-681-5285

Santa Maria Animal Center

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

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Santa Barbara County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory of this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to start looking is the Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Medical Association at www.sbvvma.org.

Pets

Vandenberg AFB 2018 Pets

Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.

Your pet faces many new outside dangers. Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes generally hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Mountain lions have typically hunted deer but as more people are moving into mountain lion territory, mountain lions have started hunting other animals. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside. Another preventive measure is to install outdoor lighting so animals cannot approach the area unseen. Rattlesnakes are generally 2.5 to 4.5 feet long, have triangular-shaped heads and rattle if they feel threatened. So keep your dog on a short leash outside and stick to walking in cleared areas.

Animal Services

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Education and Outreach 916-322-8911

www.wildlife.ca.gov 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with wildlife and how to report a wildlife incident or an injured or orphaned wild animal. The department promotes its Keep Me Wild campaign aimed at educating residents about safeguarding garbage and pet food so they don’t attract wildlife. If wild animals have access to human food and garbage, they will lose their natural fear of humans and could become aggressive. They might have to be killed. Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors, and most will not bother you. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance as long as they remain fully wild.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services

https://countyofsb.org/phd/animal 

Lompoc Animal Shelter

1501 W. Central Ave.

Lompoc, CA 93436 805-737-7755

Santa Barbara Animal Shelter

5473 Overpass Road

Goleta, CA 93111 805-681-5285

Santa Maria Animal Center

548 W. Foster Road

Santa Maria, CA 93455 805-934-6119

Pets for Patriots

https://petsforpatriots.org 

Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.

To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Santa Barbara County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory of this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to start looking is the Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Medical Association at www.sbvvma.org.

Safety

Vandenberg AFB Family Resources Safety
 
State of California
California Highway Patrol

www.chp.ca.gov

The statewide California Highway Patrol is headed by a commissioner and is divided into staff and field operations. The Coastal Division, which includes Santa Barbara County, has 700 personnel and 11 area offices, three of those in Santa Barbara County: in Buellton, Santa Maria and Goleta. CHP is responsible for highway safety and for protecting the public and their property, state workers and state property. CHP also collaborates with local, state and federal public agencies.

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Nonemergency 916-845-8510
www.caloes.ca.gov

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services protects lives and property by planning for and responding to threats, crimes, hazards and emergencies. Visit the office’s website for information on California threats and hazards and other preparedness information.

Santa Barbara County
Emergency Management

Nonemergency 805-681-5526
www.countyofsb.org/ceo/oem.sbc

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency planning and coordination in the Santa Barbara operational area. Visit the office’s website for the county’s emergency management plan and other disaster preparedness information.

Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-681-5500
www.sbcfire.com

Sheriff

Nonemergency 805-681-4100
www.sbsheriff.org

City of Buellton
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-686-5062
www.sbcfire.com/contacts

Buellton’s fire station is part of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-686-8150
www.sbsheriff.org/cityofbuellton.html

Law enforcement in Buellton is handled by the Buellton Sheriff Station of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

City of Carpinteria
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-684-4591
www.carpfire.com

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-684-4561
www.sbsheriff.org/carpinteria.html

Law enforcement in Carpinteria is handled by the Carpinteria Sheriff Station of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

City of Goleta
Fire Department

Nonemergency, Station 11 805-681-5511
Nonemergency, Station 12 805-681-5512
Nonemergency, Station 14 805-681-5514
www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/locate/fire-stations

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-961-7512
www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/locate/police-stations

City of Guadalupe
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-343-1444
www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us/fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-343-2112
www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us/police

City of Lompoc
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-736-4513
www.cityoflompoc.com/Fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-736-2341
www.cityoflompoc.com/police

City of Santa Barbara
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-965-5254
www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-897-2300
www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police

City of Santa Maria
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-925-0951, ext. 255
www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/fire-services

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-925-0951, ext. 2272
www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/police-services

City of Solvang
Fire Department

Nonemergency 805-686-8184
www.cityofsolvang.com/272/Public-Safety

Solvang contracts with Santa Barbara County for fire protection services.

Police Department

Nonemergency 805-686-5000
www.cityofsolvang.com/272/Public-Safety

Solvang contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

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