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    Every year, Casa Pacifica’s Wraparound Program hosts Strengthening Families – a seven-week curriculum geared at helping families in the community gain skills needed to successfully navigate life with children who have experienced complex trauma. The course is offered to all families participating in the Wraparound Program, a community-based service whose goal is to keep children in their home and communities by building on the family’s strengths and utilizing natural and community connections for support.

    This year, we had three families complete the program, one of whom never missed a session. This particular family was a young couple with two small children – overnight they became a blended family of NINE by taking in a cousin’s five children ranging from toddler to teenager. The children were placed in the care of their cousins after they witnessed their father shoot and kill their mother. These young parents felt compelled to step in and care for the family; however, as you can imagine they also felt very overwhelmed.

    Wraparound was introduced to help the instant family of nine ensure they could get the support they needed. The family quickly jumped on board, loading up their family of nine every week and making the 30-minute trek to our Flynn Rd. office. Together, family and staff ate dinner together and built rapport. Following dinnertime, childcare was provided by staff for the young children and the teens were invited into their own teen group led by staff. Meanwhile, the parents separated into their own group, learning new parenting skills in a session designed just for them.



     The dedication of this truly marvelous and loving couple is underscored by their sincerity in participating and learning all they could to help their now very complex, very large family. The teens took a bit more time to open up, taking several sessions before they were willing to participate and engage, which they finally did over a few games of table tennis. Watching this new family grow and bond together over the 7-week process was amazing. With hungry, motivated caretakers and the reluctant but willing seven children in tow, the family built new skills, the caretakers got ideas from other families and from staff and practicum students leading the sessions.

    At the end of the program the youth left feeling more supported and the caretakers left filled with hope. Mom expressed she had learned skills to help her stay calm even when she was upset, which allowed her to make better decisions and communicate better with the family. Dad expressed that he learned how to communicate with the children, and how he could change his communication style to help meet the needs of all the children better. In the end, the family was grateful for all the support they had received, they thanked all the staff who kept late work days to make it happen. When we asked them for feedback on what we could do to improve, they said to simply keep offering the program.  After 12 years of working for the agency it is still humbling, an honor, and a privilege to watch families put in the work day in and day out to come together and better themselves…it is also my privilege to watch as our team of staff graciously come along side those families and give them their all, so they might have all the tools they would ever need to be successful.


    Casa Pacifica’s Wraparound Team
     All of Casa Pacifica’s 15 programs are designed to meet children and families where they are and at some of the most difficult times in their life. Whether in homes, in the community, or on campus, we couldn’t provide these critical services without your help.


    Donate today to ensure families and children receive critical services

    Upcoming Events:

    A chance to see PGA Tour Champions play AND volunteer for Casa Pacifica!



    We are lucky to be one of the beneficiaries of Showdown at Sherwood and are looking for volunteers to represent us
    October 28th – November 3rd.Use volunteer code GIVINGBACK19 and select Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families in order to receive credit as a volunteer.
    I want to volunteer!

    Calling all shoppers & fashion lovers!

    Get your tickets TODAY!
    For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact
    Anna Coulson, Special Events Manager at [email protected] 
    You’re invited! to the Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of The Founders’ &
    Dr. William & Susan Burgos Buildings
    Thursday, October 24th
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Casa Pacifica CampusWe look forward to celebrating the opening of our Training Institute and Vocational Education Center! YOU helped make this happen!

    Save the dates!

    We’re celebrating 25 years of service to children and families! We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming celebrations:

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020
    Gala at The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
    Celebration & Open House at Casa Pacifica’s Camarillo Campus


    Stay tuned for details – we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
    Ways You Can Help


    1. Shop! Love a good Target run? Who can resist Amazon these days? Put those shopping sprees to good use and shop for our kids! Check out our Target registry or Amazon wish list and have items shipped straight to us. And don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and designate Casa Pacifica as your charity of choice so we receive a percentage of your purchases!

    2. Become an Angel or Amigo!  These two groups are some of our biggest supporters. The Casa Pacifica Angels help out with our fundraising events and children’s parties throughout the year. The Casa Pacifica Amigos organize fun activities for the kids on the weekends – some favorites are carnival day and movie nights. Annual membership is $50 – join or gift a membership today!


    Sign up to become an ANGEL or AMIGO!

    3. Give!  In addition to donating to our annual fund, you can also plan on giving in the future! Leave a legacy by giving to Casa Pacifica through a future gift. 

    Learn more about planned giving


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