The Children's Village

 

The Children's Village of Sonoma County is a unique, successful non-profit organization providing nurturing, family-style homes for children and siblings in foster care. Opened in August 2006, The Village currently consists of four large houses serving 24 children, and four apartments for seniors who act as surrogate grandparents. "Village Parents" staff the homes and care for the children; "Village Grandparents" spend volunteer time with the children. The Village is located on a 2.2 acre site at 1321 Lia Lane in Santa Rosa (in the 1300 block of Kawana Terrace). Lia Lane was named in honor of founder Lia Rowley.

Anchoring The Village is the G.K. Hardt Village Community Center, built with a generous donation from the GK Hardt Estate. The Center is a spacious, welcoming facility used for Village activities, and includes a library, computer area, tutoring space, and art rooms for the children. A playground and basketball court flank the Community Center. When fully built, The Village will consist of eight children's homes and six Grandparent apartments, and will serve 48 children and siblings.