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March 23, 2023 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County partnership creates resource hub for older adults, people with disabilities

The Sonoma County Human Services Department and local nonprofits have launched a resource hub that quickly connects older adults and people with disabilities to an array of critical services. Read full story

March 13, 2023 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County to host first-ever job and resource fair for homeless on March 22 in Santa Rosa

Sonoma County will host its first-ever job and resource fair for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless on March 22 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Read full story

February 28, 2023 | Department of Human Services

Black Therapy Fund now accepting applications for free mental health counseling in Sonoma County

The Black Therapy Fund, a new partnership between the County of Sonoma and two community groups to improve mental health services for Black residents of all ages, is now accepting applications for free mental health counseling. Read full story

January 23, 2023 | Department of Human Services

County seeks public input on services for older adults and adults with disabilities, and caregivers

The Area Agency on Aging invites Sonoma County residents of all ages to offer input on future programs and services for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers by completing its countywide Senior Needs Assessment Survey by March 15. Read full story

October 26, 2022 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County couple receives statewide award for distinguished service as foster parents

A Fulton couple who fostered more than 140 children over the past two decades have been named the most outstanding foster parents in California by RaiseAChild, a nonprofit that partners with counties to recruit, review and train foster parents. Read full story

September 02, 2022 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County launches pilot program to provide guaranteed income to 305 families

The County of Sonoma is teaming up with Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Healdsburg and a coalition of community groups to launch a two-year pilot program that will provide a guaranteed minimum income of $500 a month to 305 low-income families while studying the program’s impacts on reducing poverty and promoting economic stability and mobility. Read full story

June 28, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Kindergarten readiness continues to decline in Sonoma County, opportunity gap persists

Fewer than one in three Sonoma County children were ready for kindergarten when they entered school last fall, according to a new report released by the county Department of Human Services that found persistent and troubling disparities along ethnic, racial and economic lines. Read full story

May 02, 2022 | Health and Human Services

Immigration status no longer limits scope of Medi-Cal benefits for adults 50 and older

California residents aged 50 and older who qualify for Medi-Cal are now eligible for full benefits, regardless of immigration status, under an expansion of the state health insurance program for low-income residents, the Sonoma County Department of Human Services announced today. Read full story

April 25, 2022 | Health and Human Services

Sonoma County expands efforts to recruit local foster parents and adoptive families

Facing an urgent need for foster parents and adoptive families willing to open their homes to local children, Sonoma County is expanding its partnership with a national nonprofit, RaiseAChild, to recruit families willing to take in foster children and give them a place where they can feel safe, wanted and loved. Read full story

January 04, 2021 | Department of Human Services

Explore Foster Parenting at Online Talks in English or Spanish

Learn how to make a difference in a foster child’s life at and explore Foster Parenting through an introductory talk, held each month online in English or, new this year, in Spanish. The first monthly talk will be on January 25 for English speakers and February 8 for Spanish speakers, starting at 6 p.m. Read full story