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 for their respite care, or we recruit someone for the family to interview. 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


PLEASE DONATE!

We have started a GoFundMe page for our special needs families who have lost their homes in the Thomas Fires. All funds will be matched by Tim and Sharon up to $5000.

This fundraising campaign will be updated periodically with new information on affected families who need our help. Funds will be distributed to each family weekly.  If you’d like to make an offline donation, you can do that at our office or by mail to PO Box 1045, Camarillo, CA 93011 and we will post those to the campaign. Thank you!

 

 

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Have you been affected by the Thomas Fire or know someone who has? We have compiled a list of important disaster resources. Please share!

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Have you heard?

The CA Legislature removed the 90 hour per quarter respite cap starting January 1st! Click our FAQ document to the left to read more.   

En Español

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REQUEST AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Are you interested in working for us? Please visit our Application Request page to complete our online form. If your qualifications  meet our current hiring needs, we will send you an email with our new electronic application form. Our current starting pay for Respite Caregivers is higher than other organizations at $15.00/hr.  If you know someone who is experienced, please refer them to us!

 


**We’ve moved to 4000 Calle Tecate, #200, Camarillo*** 

If you are dropping off your timesheets to us in person, please walk them in to Suite 200 or the mailslot in our door if our office is closed.

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EXCITING NEWS!
CISS is excited to announce our newest partnership to create a licensed small family childcare for kids 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.

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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.

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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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SHARON 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 $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!

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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!