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!
*** Family Testimonies ***

 Click here to read a great article in Caring Today Magazine




CISS is excited to launch our new online employment application. We have worked really hard to create a more user-friendly and accessible way to apply. Please visit the Staff Page for more info.




CISS is excited to announce our newest partnership to create a licensed small family childcare for kids ages 12-18 with special needs and their siblings! The Ohana Clubhouse is located in Camarillo in a private home and is vendored with TCRC to support up to 8 kids. It is also going to offer college interns a valuable opportunity to gain experience in our field. For more info, click the Ohana logo.



NEW ILS PROGRAM NOW VENDORED! – We are now approved by TCRC to provide Independent Living Services. Qualifying individuals may receive up to 20 hours/mo. of ILS instruction in their family’s home, or their own home, to help them live more independently. Please talk to your Service Coordinator and request a referral. Click here for info on our ILS program.


JOIN OUR TEAM of amazing family caregivers!

CISS pays our Respite Caregivers higher than any other organization. All of our caregivers start at $15/hour and receive raises to $16/hour after two years when they have remained actively employed and in compliance with all agency policies.  Please complete our employment application found on our Forms page and send it in or drop it off at our Camarillo office. 


USC Caregiver Webinar 7-2016


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.



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.



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 $15.00/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!


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!