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Rebekah Children's Services Receives the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Volunteers Award

June 7, 2017

On April 28, 2017, Rebekah Children's Services was honored by Kaiser Permanente with a Thriving Volunteers Award at the Junior League of San Jose 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon called Rising Above. We were honored for our volunteer program through the Prevention & Education and Family Resource Center programs.

Last year, we trained over 75 volunteers to help support the work we do in parenting classes, small groups, large group presentations, support groups, child care services, and teen peer mentoring. The volunteers in our programs help us to provide services to over 3,000 youth, families, and community members, throughout Santa Clara County, to create pathways to hope, happiness, and well-being.

2017 Kaiser Permanente Thriving Volunteers Award


  Published on 2017-05-03

On April 28, 2017, Rebekah Children's Services was honored by Kaiser Permanente with a Thriving Volunteers Award at the Junior League of San Jose 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon called Rising Above. We were honored for our volunteer program through the Prevention & Education and Family Resource Center programs.

Last year, we trained over 75 volunteers to help support the work we do in parenting classes, small groups, large group presentations, support groups, child care services, and teen peer mentoring. The volunteers in our programs help us to provide services to over 3,000 youth, families, and community members, throughout Santa Clara County, to create pathways to hope, happiness, and well-being.

Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement supports prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that improve the health of the community and reduces health disparities. They selected Rebekah Children's Services for the 2017 Thriving Volunteers Award because of our dedication to promoting positive social, emotional, and physical wellness to those in need.

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Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement supports prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that improve the health of the community and reduces health disparities. They selected Rebekah Children's Services for the 2017 Thriving Volunteers Award because of our dedication to promoting positive social, emotional, and physical wellness to those in need.


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Summer Time Family Fun

May 31, 2017

School is almost out, the sun is staying up late and summer is just around the corner. You may have dreams of the beach, biking in that park and getting a warm summer tan. It’s never too early to start turning those dreams into reality with a little prep for summer time fun for the family! Creating those special family moments will bring a lifetime of memories for all family members to enjoy. Here at RCS, we want to help families create fun summer memories that will last a lifetime.

To help you out, we have come up with six great summer ideas that won’t blow out your bank account. Pick one or all six and start building those summer plans!

  1. Bring Hawaii Home – You don’t need to take a trip to celebrate the awesomeness of the islands. The Dollar Tree is a great place to get affordable and fun decorations needed to create the perfect family luau right in your own backyard!
  2. Beach Scavenger Hunt – Make a list for the family of fun things to find at the beach. Then load up the car and head to your favorite beach! Collect seashells, pebbles, and whatever little sea creatures you can find! Need a list you can print? Ashley at Frugal Living has a great one to print for free!
  3. Turn Your Home into a Pizzeria – Pizza is perfect from dinner to dessert! You and your family can get your creative juices flowing and come up with all new pizza toppings or bring out the traditional. Pile on whatever your family loves, just don’t forget the pineapple! Why not try a pizza dessert? Think cookie dough crust, frosting for sauce and then top with your favorite candies!
  4. Create a Garden – Whether it’s either flowers or vegetables, this is a great way to bring in healthy options for the family that will last even when summer is over. A quick side note for the parents: If your child has been dying for that puppy or kitten suggest to take care of a plant, this is a great first step to teach your children about responsibility.
  5. Help the Birds – You can create a bird feeder by covering pine cones with peanut butter and then rolling it in bird seeds. Add some string and hang it from a tree. Once the birds are all full they can go rest in the awesome homemade bird houses you created! By using just use Popsicle sticks and some twigs you can create a great place for the birds to take a nap.
  6. Backyard Campout – You don’t need to leave all the comforts of home (electricity and running water) to have a camp out. Get the family together and build a tent in the background, make a bonfire, snack on some s’mores and check out the stars for cool shapes and designs.

Not only is summer time for the family a great way to have fun but it brings so many benefits for the kids! Studies have shown that when children have more family time together their behavioral problems can decrease, they are less likely to be involved in dangerous activities, and it can lead to more positive and healthy choices for their future!

Hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Family Oriented summer!


How to Become a Superhero

May 17, 2017

A superhero is someone who has superhuman powers that helps protect local citizens from getting hurt and makes the world a better place. That sounds just like a foster parent! A foster parent is someone who helps protect children from their community when they are at the most vulnerable and makes the world better by changing the lives of these children.

Here, at Rebekah Children’s Services we are in the business of making superheroes, one foster parent at a time! Joining the RCS Superhero family takes work, dedication and a loving heart. Our Foster Care and Adoption Program, has been training and guiding foster parents for over 30 years who have all made a positive impact in at least one child life.

The Foster Care and Adoption team work collaboratively with all new Foster Parents to guide them through the fulfilling process of providing love and care for foster youth within the community. We pride ourselves on the meaningful relationships and personalized support we provide to each of our foster families. Our Foster Care team will be side by side with you throughout our process of becoming a certified Foster Family. Don’t be intimidated about the “process” we have broken it down into just a few steps!

  1. Attend an orientation. With our orientations being one-on-one, you receive a thorough understanding of our process, as well, as our undivided attention to answer any questions you may have.
  2. Complete our application and background check. Just a phone call away, our staff any clarify any confusion you may come across during this second step process.
  3. Attend our Pre-Service classes. In only three classes, one weeknight and two Saturdays, you will leave with a better understanding of the strengths needed to become a Foster Parent, as well as, connect with other parents who are going through the same process!
  4. Complete the Family Assessment. Through a series of interviews, our team will learn about your family and how your family will best support a foster child.
  5. We save the best for last, our final process is to open your home! Spreading love and care to foster children in need.

Through the eyes of a foster child, a Foster Parent is a superhero. With your super powers of love, nurturing, and understanding, you will be changing the lives of children from you own community.

Are you ready to become a superhero!?!

Contact us and let’s start designing your cape at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 408-871-4925.


Walk Talk Bond

May 24, 2017

Getting in quality family time can be rough, between working, school, cleaning, cooking, errands, homework, soccer and you name it our lives and schedules are full. When do we leave time to be together and bond as a family? It’s typical to create bonding times and memories during the big moments such as holidays and vacations but it’s the little day to day moments that increase our family’s bond and influence our relationships. What if there was a quick and easy way to build bonds, get to know your family better and had some added health benefits? THERE IS!

Family walks are a great way to spend some quality family time and they are easy to access and free of charge!

No matter the age of your child– infant, youth, or adolescent, walking can be a great way to bond with one another. When adding a new member to the family, it can be easy to get distracted and busy with the typical day to day tasks and chores. Taking walks with your partner and infant is a great way for the baby to explore new surroundings and also allows you and your partner some downtime to talk and enjoy each other's company.

With your school-aged child, video games and television can become their go-to activities. Nightly family walks can be the perfect way to decrease screen time and help create bonding moments and healthy habits for everyone in the family. Your child’s teen years can present with new and different challenges, we know every teen parent has experienced the teen eye roll! Creating opportunities for your teen to spend time with the family helps to promote your continued close relationship. Taking family walks can help support in opening up those sensitive conversations that either you as a parent or your teenager might want to talk about, in a more relaxed and engaging setting. No matter what stage of life your child is in walking together as a family provides great opportunities for some memorable bonding experiences!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first annual Walk for Foster Youth! We enjoyed a leisurely walk though the Gilroy Gardens that anyone from toddlers to grandparents were able to do! It was a great opportunity to walk, talk, and bond.


Amazing Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make Happen in an Instant

May 10, 2017

Mom, mother, mam, madre, mami or whatever you call your mom, don’t forget to call her on Mother’s Day! That’s right folks, Mother’s Day is this weekend, May 14th! Hopefully you have thinking about ways to express your love and gratefulness to person that you consider mom but if the holiday snuck up on you (like it did me) no worries we have some excellent ideas for you!

  1. Breakfast in bed. Who doesn’t like to be woken up to fresh orange juice and the delicious smells and bacon and waffles?
  2. Clean the house and yes that does include the bathrooms! Every mom (all parents) love to come home to a clean organized house. Send your mom out for some “me” time and while she gone get scrubbing!
  3. Prepare a live theatrical showing. Get your brothers, sisters, pets and dad and create a once in a lifetime show stopper just for your mom. Picture karaoke meets ‘So I Think You Can Dance’.
  4. Make a hugs and kisses schedule! Give your momma whole day of scheduled love with things like at 10:30am everyone hops on one foot until they give mom a hug.
  5. Have a little extra prep time, find the perfect gift on Amazon with two day shipping. Don’t forget to select Rebekah Children’s Services on Amazon Smile.
  6. Write your mom a poem about how awesome and amazing she is. Don’t forget to dress it up with some colored markers and maybe even little glitter.
  7. Family move time. Let your mom pick out her favorite movie as you make her a movie night treat. Then snuggle up on the couch and enjoy some family time together.
  8. A day without phones. Give your mom all your attention and have the whole family turn in all their phones, tablets, computers, etc. Your mom will be so excited to get your undivided attention.
  9. Flowers. Who wouldn’t like a beautiful bouquet of flowers? You can pick them from your yard or grab some from the store. Either way, they are sure to make your mom smile!
  10. Family walk! Get the family together and celebrate mom at the first annual Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth at Gilroy Gardens. Register at www.rcskids.org/walk.