May is a foster care month and we are grateful to partner with Riverside County DPSS in the advocacy for child abuse prevention. Here is a video from Karla B. Regional Manager.
STAFF TRAINING & CHRISTMAS PARTY - DECEMBER 10, 2019
President / CEO Dr. Cargando conducted the 2019 year-end all staff training combined with a review of how well Creative Solutions performed this year and what are the opportunities to work on in 2020. Noteworthy is that CSKF achieved a 75% permanency outcome compared to 72 in 2018. Our resource families satisfaction survey is very favorable at 90%. In addition, CSKF has earned a new 3-year accreditation from CARF.
These positive outcomes are attributable to the commitment to high quality service by CSKF’s leadership team and all staff members. Dr. Cargando recognized the staff for their strong performance and thanked them for their contribution. We thank everyone for a very successful year 2019!
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION - DECEMBER 6, 2019
Creative Solutions hosted its annual Christmas Holiday Celebration on December 6, 2019 at Marinaj Banquets & Events Center in Moreno Valley. It was attended by about 350 foster kids and families. The event was intended to give the kids a fun and memorable experience.
And by all accounts they all had an enjoyable time. After a delicious buffet, all guests were entertained by a musical number performed by CSKF Staff followed by A Sing-A-Long joined by the kids and their families. Then all the kids invaded the dance floor to the delight of the young "once".
RECOGNITION DINNER FOR HS GRADUATES - AUGUST 19, 2019
The dinner recognition for our high school graduates is an annual event for our youth who finished their high school. This program is aimed to listen and hear their feedback about their foster care journey, life's goals and also provide them assurance of support in reaching those goals. Most often, these youths need encouragement and continued support to overcome the challenges of life.
This years honorees are Amanda and Kyleen. Congratulations to both and our wish for success in the future. In addition to a nice dinner, each received a laptop to celebrate their achievement.
L to R - Dr. Ryan Cargando, CEO, Rocio M. (ASW), Michelle C. (SSW), Amanda, Kayleen and
Jennifer C. (Asst. Executive Director/WDM)
RESOURCE PARENTS' BREAKFAST WITH THE CEO - AUGUST 22, 2019
CEO Dr. Ryan Cargando with RFA Manager, Pam Tarango hosted another wonderful event to recognized four Resource Parents for their outstanding work caring for our foster kids. Ryan and Pam expressed their thanks and presented each one with a certificate of appreciation along with a gift card. The other good this about this event is it gives resource parents the opportunity to share their feedback about this program.
Our best wishes to RPs Patty and Isabel Jimenez, Erica Santa Cruz and Edsel Connor.
L to R - Isabel Jimenez and Patty Jimenez, CEO Dr. Ryan Cargando, RFA Manager Pam T., Edsel Connor,
A FOND FAREWELL FOR ANTHONY - AUGUST 15, 2019
In appreciation of Anthony's contribution to the accomplishment of CSKF's mission, Team members gathered to wish him continued success as he begins a new chapter in his journey as a Social Worker. Thank you Anthony for your dedicated service this past 4 years; we know that you will do very well as you have done so here at Creative Solutions.
Anthony with colleagues at Moreno Valley office with CEO Dr. Ryan Cargando
A MARK OF CONTINUING EXCELLENCE: CARF RE-ACCREDITATION
CSKF founder, Dr. Ryan Cargando unveiled his vision for growth during Creative Solutions All-Staff Forum to review the upcoming CARF re-accreditation process. The announcement made by Ryan of plans for expansion in programs and services was met with excitement by the staff as these will positively impact CSKF's outreach to children in foster care and families. As a CARF accredited organization, CSKF has earned the recognition of excellence in service. Everyone at the forum reaffirmed their commitment toward the accomplishment of CSKF's mission.
PRESENTING CSKF's GRADUATES OF 2019 - CONGRATULATIONS!
CSKF's Administrator, Linda Montoya along with Supervising Social Worker Michelle Crain, hosted a special event honoring this year's high school graduates and middle schooler's promotion. We appreciate the dedication and efforts each of them have put in. We are so proud of what have been able to accomplish. In addition to a certificate of recognition, each student received a special gift from CSKF. Great Job!!!
BREAKFAST WITH THE CEO, THANK YOU RESOURCE PARENTS
Founder and CEO Ryan Cargando along with RFA Manager, Pam Tarango hosted a breakfast gathering to recognize foster parents for their shared commitment and contribution to the accomplishment of CSKF's mission. Each RF received a certificate of appreciation for opening the doors to their hearts and homes to care for our kids in foster care. This meeting provided an opportunity for parents to share feedback and speak directly with the leadership of CSKF to enhance the working dynamics in providing service to children and youth.
SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY TRAINING
Speaker: Claudia Beltran, MS Date: February 07, 2019 Venue: CSKF Moreno Valley Office
There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don't always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems. So it's important to talk with your kids about how to use social media wisely.
DISNEYLAND TRIP (CALIFORNIA)
Date: December 2018
The best experience we can offer a child is to experience the joy of wonder and fantasy. Disneyland takes us to a world of magic and fun.
Date: November 2018 Venue: Mt. Rubidoux (Riverside, CA)
To help others we must maintain a sense of balance by harnessing our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The journey to the top of the mountain was a testimony of our staff's resilient and persevering spirit to achieve a common goal. Truly, a remarkable achievement of teamwork!
BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
Date: August 2018 Venue: CSKF Riverside Office
The key to making the CSKF kids learning experience more fun and exciting is to provide them their essential needs. Backpack loaded with school materials stimulates the children to face new journey filled with knowledge and good memories.
CPR AND FIRST AID TRAINING
Date: June 2018 Venue: CSKF Moreno Valley Office
To provide youth the knowledge on how to apply immediate treatment, save life, promote recovery, prevent aggravation of injury if possible and to manage emergency situations.
MONEY MANAGMENT TRAINING
Date: May 2018 Venue: CSKF Moreno Valley Office
To raise understanding, awareness, skills and knowledge related to personal finances in terms of spending, saving and how to accomplish long-term financial goals.