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The Heart Matters Foster Family Agency
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The Heart Matters Foster Family Agency is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of children by providing quality Foster Care, Mental Health, and Transitional Housing Services. Our agency cares for foster youth between the ages of 0-21 throughout San Bernardino County and Riverside County. We have foster (resource) homes located throughout the Inland Empire to assist in caring for our youth and provide our children with the opportunity to live in healthy environments until family reunification can be established.


To best care for children and families, our agency strives to provide as many in-house resources as possible. To do this, we are involved with each family from the start of their fostering journey. Our staff personally interview and train each of our resource parents to provide the best, informed care to the children within their homes. Following their certification and placement of a child, our agency social workers will visit the family and child(ren) once a week to provide support and guidance to both the resource parents and the youth, in addition to being available 24 hours a day for any additional support needed. Each of our children are assessed for mental health needs within 30 days of them being placed in one of our resource homes. If mental health resources are needed, our in-house Mental Health Center provides care through traditional talk therapy, equine-assisted therapy, play therapy, music therapy, and other recreational therapies. Our Clinical Therapists also provide counseling within the home when necessary.


The Heart Matters also presents multiple support programs within our agency to provide for our children and families; specifically, our Emergency Clothing Closet, Therapeutic Recreation Program, and our CARE Program. Our Emergency Clothing Closet is stocked with all essentials including clothing of all sizes, shoes, and hygiene products. These items allow our agency to provide essential needs to children who come into care with nothing of their own, just the clothes on their backs. We have found this resource not only provides time for our resource parents to go shopping with the child, but allows the child to feel comfortable entering their new home. Another support program is our Therapeutic Recreation Program which allows our agency to host multiple family events and outings each year. Our large family events consist of Spring, Back to School, and Holiday events. Each is filled with fun activities, food, games, and prizes. These events provide an opportunity for our families and children to bond while also interacting with others within the foster community and our agency. Our smaller outings consist of pamper days for our teen girls, foster mom appreciation activity, sporting events, and more. Lastly, but not least, is our CARE (Creating Avenues & Raising Expectations) Program which allows us to assist incoming and current resource families in the costs required to obtain and maintain county certification. We do this by providing items for emergency kits, assisting with LiveScan fees, or providing furniture for incoming foster youth.