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Sign up now for Dolphins swim team

Online registration and waiting list for the West Sacramento Dolphins youth swim team is now open; the team size is limited by pool space at the Recreation Center. Visit www.wsdolphins.org as soon as possible as the team may fill up quickly.

For more information, contact treasurer Vin Cay at vin2ride@yahoo.com, (916) 947-4950.

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Opinion: being a foster parent is not as hard as you may think

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

By Cherie Schroeder
Yolo County Foster Kinship Care Program

Local families are needed for local foster children, newborns through transitional age youth.

AUTHOR CHERIE SCHROEDER  (News-Ledger file photo/2009)

AUTHOR CHERIE SCHROEDER
(News-Ledger file photo/2009)

Winter can be harsh on children and families. During the month of November and into early December there was a definite up-swing in the number of children Yolo County DESS brought into protective custody, at no fault of their own, who needed a safe and loving place to call home.

Foster children are the children of our communities.  When a local home is not found, these vulnerable kids are often placed miles away from their family of origin, taking them away from services, supports, friends, school, and all that is known to them.

You may ask yourself, “How can I help?”

Becoming a foster home is not as hard or scary as one may think. At the core of quality foster parenting, are traits that include being present and available, flexible, kind and stable.  As one local foster mother shared,

“Children in foster care arrive to us from places where joy and safety are scarce. At every turn, I find opportunities to hold a hand, share a smile and to bring out laughter. Delight is found and given from sand between toes, reading a funny book, or giving a goofy smile.  My husband and I give lots love and kisses to the precious little person entrusted to our care.  These are simple gifts that mean so much to our foster toddler and serve to help put the pieces of her life back together.”

The research is clear; a caring committed adult can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Will you consider opening your home and heart to a child in need?  A free and informal “Introduction to Foster Care” workshop is being offered Tuesday evening, January 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Child Welfare Office in West Sacramento.  We will be in Community Room 1A located at 500 Jefferson Blvd., off Triangle Court, across from the Police Station. Reservations aren’t needed; you are welcome to just stop by.

To learn more about Yolo County Foster Care check out our website at www.yolofostercare.com.  Questions are welcomed by Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Cherie Schroeder by calling her at (530) 574-1964.

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Want to stand up for kids? Yolo CASA needs volunteers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

Yolo CASA, a nonprofit that specializes in advocating for children as they spend time in the foster care system, needs new volunteers. Training provided. Successful volunteers will spend time with the child they’re paired with, talk to professionals and caregivers in that child’s life, and advocate in the court system for the child’s best interests.

Call (530) 661-4200 or email volunteer@yolocasa.org. Next training session is in the evenings, Feb. 2. Orientation is noon on Thursdays at 724 Main Street, Ste. 102 in Woodland.

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Open house at fire station Saturday

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The West Sacramento Fire Department invites you and your family to an open house at Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Boulevard, from 10-2 on Saturday, Oct. 11.

There will be equipment demonstrations, a fire safety house, “Sparky” the Dalmation, a jump house and face painting for kids, children’s fingerprinting, blood pressure checks, free hot dogs and more.

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Preschool program earns West Sac an award from U.S. Conference

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (News-Ledger Photo)

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors
(News-Ledger Photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 1, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

The mood was festive at lunchtime in the city hall galleria on Monday, as guests helped the City of West Sacramento accept a “City Livability Award from the U.S. Council of Mayors and award sponsor Waste Management Inc.

  The 2014 award – announced previously – was given to the city in recognition for its effort to make “universal” preschool available to every family that wants it. The local program is known as “UP4WS,” pronounced “Up for West Sacramento.”

    Preschool providers in the program include State Preschool, Head Start, the city’s “Learning Ladder Preschool and Childcare Center” and various private centers.

  Partners in the program include the city, local school district, First 5 Yolo, and the county office of education.

  “West Sacramento, you have a lot to be proud of,” declared Jocelyn Bogen, an awards director with the U.S. Council of Mayors.

  The award was presented by Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, who happens to be the president of the council of mayors this year. He joked that he was a bit jealous of all the national attention  West Sacramento is generating in the region and nation.

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen  (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

  Cabaldon spoke not only from the podium but from a brief video on the UP4WS project, where he explained how the city decided to tackle this project:

  “We only have about six hundred four-year olds,” said Cabaldon. “It’s not a massive project. We’re not talking about solving malaria or polio.”

  In the video, he urged other cities to follow suit.

  Many experts believe that an early start in education can pay dividends for children, as well as the adults they become.

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Teens: September photo contest

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Teens are invited to submit an original photo in September for a contest at the library. Deliver your entry in person (1212 Merkley Avenue) or email it to teenlibrarycontest@gmail.com.

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Yolo ‘comfort dog’ gets $500 support

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ -- a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ — a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 11, 2014 —

The Davis Rebekah Lodge has donated $500 to help care for “Aloha,” a comfort dog working with the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

Aloha often visits with adults and children as they participate, under stress, in court. And she visits kids and parents in family law court.

“Aloha seems to know who needs her most, and heads straight for that person and sits calmly next to them,” said Yolo Judge Kathleen White, herself a member of Rebekah Lodge.

(Info courtesy of the Yolo County D.A.’s office)

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