Families caring for a loved one with special needs or a child in foster care have enough worries in their everyday lives – they need to be in control of their supports! We are here to help. We hire someone the family already knows and trusts, or we recruit someone for the family to interview, and then we take care of all the employer stresses like payroll, taxes, insurance, and required benefits. After all…

Respite Should be Relaxing, Not Taxing!

 Click here to read a great article in Caring Today Magazine

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Now Hiring - Want to Join our Team.

NOW HIRING! We have rare openings on our administrative team for 2 NEW positions. Click the image to link to our Facebook page and then to the Craigslist posts for more info. Interested candidates should follow the directions in the job postings and apply via email or send resume, cover letter and salary history by mail or fax.

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Our Caregivers are paid more than other agencies! On July 1st ALL of our programs received an increase. Click HERE to read more and LIKE us on Facebook. Please consider writing a review on us on Facebook, Yelp or Google so that other families can be encouraged to receive or provide care too. Thank you!

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NEW PROGRAM! On July 1st, CISS took over the Peer Parent Educator (PPE) program for Foster Parents, funded by the Ventura County Community College District. This wonderful program offers mentoring to prospective and new foster parents in the county. For more info, go to the menu on our Families tab above.

USC Caregiver Webinar 7-2016

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Thank you to USC UCEDD for sponsoring a wonderful Webinar “Taking Care of Yourself as Caregiver of a Family Member With a Developmental Disability.”  Click the image to go to their website to view the entire webinar or slides. Great reminders for all of us that we need to care for ourselves so we can continue to care for those who need us.

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AutismSociety_AnniversayLogo_Conept_SM_rev_3SHARON WAS HONORED BY THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA!
At their national conference in 2015, Sharon was honored as the Autism Society Professional of the Year for her years of tireless volunteerism. Read more here or view her speech here.

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* WELCOME VOUCHER RESPITE and FMS FAMILIES!!
Switching your respite to CISS is very easy and if you have a caregiver you’d like us to hire they will get paid MORE and may qualify for mileage reimbursement.
You can still request agency respite services with CISS if that will best meet your needs, and have the Fiscal Management Service (FMS) manage your daycare payments! Know your rights. Click here for more info from Disability Rights CA. 

Please give us a call and we will walk you through the process. You will still be in control of who provides your respite and when you get support. All of the required 1-time forms can be found on our Forms page, printed, completed, and faxed over to us. Within a week of receiving all completed forms, your caregiver will become employed by CISS and may be eligible for mileage reimbursement (which was not allowed under voucher respite). You will only have to sign their timesheet!

Whereas other agencies only pay $12/hr, CISS pays $14.00/hr PLUS mileage. Our Enhanced Respite program staff earn $16-$18/hr (DOE) and our Foster and Kinship program staff are paid $15.00/hr. We also give merit increases after 2 years with the company, we offer 5yr and 10yr anniversary bonuses, and offer a 401K plan with employer matching! No other Respite organization does this!

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Mission Statement

Channel Islands Social Services (CISS) is dedicated to providing collaborative services and supports that are reflective of individual needs and strengthen families. We do this by providing quality in-home respite care and community childcare to families throughout Ventura County.

CISS is a proud member of the California Respite Association, ARCH National Respite Network, the National Family Caregiver Alliance, and the California Disability Services Association.

CISS is the only organization awarded Service Provider of the Year
twice by the Autism Society Ventura County!