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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 2, 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 2, 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 4, 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

December 30, 2020 | Department of Human Services

Job Seekers: Hear about Sutter Health Employment at Online Talk

Recruiters from Sutter Health will advise job seekers about employment opportunities and provideapplication and interview tips on Tuesday, January 19, 2-3 p.m. Hosted by Sonoma County Job Link on Zoom. Santa Rosa, California. Read full story

December 28, 2020 | Department of Human Services

Unemployed or Looking for a Career Boost? Sonoma County Job Link Can Help

Residents who are unemployed or want to upgrade their skills and build careers can find current job listings and vocational training through Sonoma County Job Link. Job Link is the one-stop career center for job seekers and youth ages 14-24 and the workforce solution for employers looking for qualified job applicants. Read full story

December 16, 2020 | Department of Human Services

Local Study Shows Persistent Kindergarten Readiness Gap between Latinx and White Children

Attendance at preschool, parental income and early learning opportunities affect Sonoma County children’s readiness for kindergarten, according to a four-year report by the Road to Early Achievement and Development for Youth (READY) program. Read full story