Foster care in the news

The links below lead to relevant foster care news including foster care, former foster youth, system issues and child welfare.

Dreaming Big – how to improve foster care. Dreaming Big for foster care

Former foster youth college experiences – an opinion piece from a former foster youth

Former foster youth and mentor on Rachel Ray show

Interesting thoughts on foster parenting  – reasons to foster and reasons not to foster

About Covennat: Covenant Community Services provides hope to abused and neglected children.







Foster care organization achieves highest transparency ranking

Covenant Community Services, dba Covenant Coffee Has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a
Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

Bakersfield, California – Covenant Community Services, Inc. received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Covenant Community Service’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Randy Martin, CEO. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Covenant Community Services had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on for the Gold level of participation.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Russ Unruh, Board Treasurer “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About the GuideStar Exchange

The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.

About Covenant Community Services

Covenant Community Services, Inc. (Covenant) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) social service organization serving foster children, former foster youth and their families in Kern County and through replication efforts, the United States and the world.  Covenant provides hope to foster children, former foster youth and families through a diverse and creative team of dedicated individuals. At Covenant, our purpose is transformation of lives and thus our community.  Covenant meets the needs of “hurting and hopeless” children/youth and families through partnerships with local churches, community-based organizations, individuals and businesses. Covenant exists to transform our community with the love and hope one child at a time!


News Contact: Randy Martin, CEO 661-829-6999

Giving Tuesday is what the holidays are all about

You have experienced Black Friday and Cyber Monday but are you enjoying Giving Tuesday? The holiday season can be full of too much busyness, shopping and parties that we forget what the season is all about.

The celebration of Thanksgiving and of Christmas has been marginalized with consumerism. We shop. We buy. And, we are rewarded with bigger and better deals if we leave our family and friends to shop some more. What happened to the spirit of giving? What happened to slowing down and celebrating with thanks?

Giving Tuesday is a response to consumerism and it meets the needs of the less fortunate in our community. Giving Tuesday places the focus on giving not on getting. I hope you take the time to find a charity or nonprofit that can be a recipient of a financial gift this season.

If you would like to give to an organization that serves foster children, foster families and former foster youth then check out Covenant Community Services and Covenant Coffee. Go to

Hope Lives Here! Restoring Lives and Transforming Generations