Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

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Location: 950 W. Julian Street San Jose CA 95126 USA

Mission: To build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.
Results: Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley has supported individuals and families in our community since 1948. Parents learn violence-free ways to relate to their children. Youth preparing to exit foster care learn independent living skills, so they can succeed. Families dealing with loss or seeking to heal find support through therapy. Men and women conquer addiction. This is a snapshot of our daily work, which is made possible through community support.
Target demographics: children, teens, and adults change their lives.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,000 children, teens, and adults in Silicon Valley.
Geographic areas served: San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
Programs: FCS Silicon Valley offers a portfolio of comprehensive emotional and mental health services designed to build the strength, safety, and self-sufficiency of people in our community. Our services include: ~ One-to-one support, life skills education, and leadership development opportunities for youth emerging from foster care; ~ Clinical counseling services, including psychiatric care; ~ School-based counseling and family support services to help students thrive at school and in life; ~ Domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, and teen dating violence prevention programs; ~ Culturally-competent counseling, youth development, and drop-in center services for youth and adults who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ); ~ Treatment and prevention for drug and alcohol abuse; and ~ Counseling and support services for children and adults who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and their families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I must note that I work for Family & Children Services. I am also a donor. I work for and donate to this organization because its work positively impacts people who are coping with so many issues that are important to me (mental health, foster youth, domestic violence, child abuse, support for students, services for the underserved and often unheard) in so many parts of our community (southern San Mateo County and throughout Santa Clara County) so effectively.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This agency provides a tremendous service to the community, not only because of what they do (help individuals and families become strong, safe and self-sufficient), but also because so much of what they do is transparent to the community. As much as clients come to the agency's locations and know they are being served by Family & Children Services, the agency also has staff working in schools and community centers, such as the San Jose Veterans Center, where they are considered to be part of the staff of the school or center, rather than being known to the client as coming from Family & Children Services. This helps clients to feel at ease.

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talking with staff and meeting clients and/or families of clients who have benefited immensely by the agency's services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more financial support for this agency by individuals and corporations and foundations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with this organization for the past three years. The expertise, work ethics and accomplishments of the staff is outstanding. They are continuously looking for strategies to improve their system. It is a wonderful “community “to work with.

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Continuous improvement.

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none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked as a volunteer with this agency for the past 7 years and have gotten a closer view of it's staff and programs. I'm impressed at the number of clients being helped with a limited amount of funds. I've found the people I've worked with from the agency to be conscientious, intelligent and acting with compassion and integrity.

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I've met some of the clients helped by the agency as well as viewed some of its projects onsite.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to let more people understand it many programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked over the past five years on a yearly fundraising event for Family and Children Services. During that time, I have come to really understand the mission of the organization and the successful way in which they reach their institutional goals. Whether it is developing programs for youth that have aged out of foster care, or providing mental health services to those who cannot afford it in our community, Family and Children Services changes and improves lives in dramatic ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting people the agency has served, listening to live and taped testimonials from their clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wouldn't change a thing, I think they are a great organization

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