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Seneca Family of Agencies

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: To help children and families succeed through the most difficult times of their lives.

Target demographics: children and families succeed through the most difficult times of their lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 7,000 youth around California

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: foster care, adoption, and permanency; mental health, community based wraparound, and crisis intervention; public school and non-public school education services; and innovative training and support services.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 jennablaes

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed by the Seneca OC staff! Everyone is so welcoming and supportive. They genuinely want children and families to succeed. Staff members go the extra mile to make sure that families have the resources they need - helping to provide holiday gifts, groceries (through food drives), and clothing, etc. It's amazing to be a part of such an incredible organization!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was in a high school program for two years supported by Seneca. Things that impressed:
Background and credentials of staff
Use of evidence based treatment plans with concrete measurable goals. This was my preference and comfort zone. To this date I don't know what their preferences might have been which is a great thing.
I felt my son was safe.
The staff went out of their way to help my son's self esteem struggles both in the classroom and out in the community.
Mental health is such an imperfect science but the Seneca staff brought a ton of heart to their efforts and that truly helps.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Director of Seneca Family of Agencies. In my volunteer work with children, I have always been driven by what Hubert Humphrey said was the moral test of society - how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

Seneca’s mission and passion is to advocate for children whose start in life has been challenged by abuse, neglect or a failure of societal safety nets set up to protect them. Seneca’s driving philosophy is to never give up on a child - we call it unconditional care. Meaning, we assume if a child is having difficulties, they have not failed, but system has failed them. Children falling between the cracks in social services or mental health systems is simply not acceptable. Period.

As a director, I cannot directly reach children in need through our programs – that is best left to the professionals. But I can support children by supporting our staff – I am so very proud of our mission, our leadership and our highly professional and dedicated associates. This is a first class organization doing extraordinary good work.

Stated simply - no child is going to suffer, at least not on Seneca’s watch.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I admire the work Seneca does. In Orange County, California, Seneca provides an array of programs for children and families with the goal of keeping families in tact when possible. When that isn't feasible, Seneca works to find other family members who can step in and help, foster families or adoptive parents - providing the child a "forever" family. Everything they do is child-centered.

The people who work at Seneca are kind, generous and giving individuals. I'm proud to be associated with such a fine group of professionals and the agency they represent.

Review from Guidestar

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I choose to volunteer my time to serve on the Leadership Board of Seneca because I believe in their mission and value the work that they do on behalf of at-risk children and families. The success stories are truly amazing and I find it so rewarding to hear how our organization changes so many lives. Seneca works with kids who are in the most desperate of situations and helps to integrate them into a safe, loving, permanent family. I am honored to play a part in supporting this important work.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Seneca Family of Agencies is, in my opinion, one of the top children’s charities of its kind. The array of high-quality services they provide for children and families is astounding and the staff members and leadership are most knowledgeable and passionate about their work. As a member of the Leadership Board I am able to see first-hand the impact Seneca has in the communities in which it serves. The success stories are truly amazing and I feel so honored to play a part in supporting this incredible work.

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4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve on the Leadership Board for this most worthwhile organization. Seneca Family of Agencies is truly changing lives! Their programs are exceptional and their impact in meeting the needs of the communities in which they serve is great. I am pleased to play a role in supporting the important mission of helping at-risk children and their families find healing and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for many years, I have seen the great impact Seneca Family of Agencies has in the communities in which it serves and the lives that have been transformed because of their good work. I am touched by every success story I hear and feel honored to play a role in supporting the mission of providing Unconditional Care to at-risk children and their families.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was provided with Wraparound Services through The Kinship Center in Tustin, California. Our adolescent son was struggling and displayed emotional and behavioral issues that we as a family could no longer manage on our own. The Wraparound group collaborated with our family to find successful and healthful solutions to support not only our son, but our entire family. We were treated with professionalism, dignity and kindness as they developed safety plans, coping mechanisms, boundary settings, parenting tools, and a variety of other essential mechanisms to assist our family. The meetings were well organized and scheduled to meet the needs of our family. The parent partner was always available to help us, and in several cases she talked us through some serious issues to help keep our son safe and alive. The administrator kept us abreast of resources and was invaluable in getting the tutoring needed to keep our son from failing out of school. The youth coach did his job and provided our son with an outlet he desperately needed. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the Wraparound team and all what they delivered to our family.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served on Seneca's Orange County Leadership Board for the past two years. Previously, I served six years on the Governing Board of Canyon Acres, a wonderful child welfare organization which was merged into Seneca. The benefits to the families, that we serve in Orange County, as a result of this merger have been amazing. We have increased significantly the number of families that we are helping and the successes in every service offered have grown immensely. Seneca is a highly, professional, results oriented organization with a mission of never giving up.

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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am pleased to serve on the Leadership Board for this exceptional organization. The unwavering commitment of staff and leadership to the mission of providing Unconditional Care to children and families in need is admirable and the impact in the communities in which they serve is astounding. Together, we are truly changing lives for the better!

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2 Enikia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is rare to find a service provider that is so intentional about truly becoming a part of the community they serve...that takes the time to learn and understand the community, acknowledging strengths while learning the needs and then strategically work with community members to address those needs, and build on the strengths. Such is the case with the Seneca All In! partnership. The team, truly believes in the vision of unconditional care and has perfectly complimented our schools' mission to provide unconditional education. The level of service and support that our students receive since the partnership far surpasses even our own expectations of what is possible. The name All In! could not be more appropriate. Truly all of the Seneca staff is personally INvested on the work, in the vision and mission, and ensuring that the students they seve succeed - academically, socio-emotionally, and behaviorally.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff of this program have been outstanding. Day after day, in emotionally challenging circumstance, they provide structure, support, guidance, understanding and real compassion. They hold onto the long term positive vision of development. They live the idea of being able to start over, repair relationships, make amends and find real connection. This has made a huge difference to our family. The therapist has been really fantastic. It has enabled my child to cope with a challenging school situation and helped us better understand our child's needs. THANK YOU SENECA!!!!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have made the choice to serve on this board (and for free) despite the extraordinary time pressures I am under as an attorney for progressive organizations. Seneca has an amazing culture of unconditional care with a remarkable continuum of services to support the kids and families who need it most. The positive energy of its staff is infectious. I am extremely proud to assist Seneca through board service.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

A privilege to serve on the Leadership Board of this most deserving and well-lead 501 (c )3, namely Seneca Orange County.

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2

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am a new board member of Kimship so it is difficult for me to offer anything to help. However, I must say that after one board meeting and one visit to Kimship and one to Canyon Acres facilities, and visiting with two of the staff leaders, I could not possibly be more impressed with what the organization brings forth to our community and to those in the community who need their assistance -- all that is done is just outstanding and a true benefit to those who need anything that is offered.

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3 Doug25

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Seneca Family of Agencies is the most impressive non-profit I had ever come across. At every level, the staff and volunteers work diligently and passionately to provide critical services for children who need and deserve their assistance. Their centers (Kinship Center, Canyon Acres, Seneca) are constantly bustling with activity, and visiting them would inspire anyone to dig deeper within themselves to help this fantastic group in any way. I'm extremely proud and grateful for the opportunity to have a small part of this team.

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2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having previously worked at Seneca Family of Agencies for close to 5 years in numerous direct-care and management positions, I had the pleasure and honor to be a part of an extraordinary agency that is unwavering in its commitment to provide exceptional, comprehensive mental health and permanency services for the most disenfranchised youth and families of the Bay Area and beyond. At all levels of the agency, Seneca staff approach their work with a high level of skill, integrity, curiosity and compassion. I have witnessed Seneca's core value of "unconditional care" exemplified through each interaction that staff have with youth and families, community partners, and each other. This simple, yet profound, principle ensures that youth and families receive individualized support (wherever and whenever it may be needed) to assist them in mastering their most complex challenges in a manner that is family-driven, culturally-competent, and emphasizes sustainability and permanency.

Seneca routinely engages in an analytical process of asking "what can we do better" and continually adapts its policies and practices to ensure that youth and families are receiving the highest standard of care - just one of the many ways in which Seneca works diligently to foster a culture of hope, curiosity, and unconditional care. Of the many reputable social service and mental health agencies I have worked for, Seneca stands out as the most exceptional in terms of the expertise and dedication of its staff, advanced training opportunities, and a highly sophisticated organizational structure that promotes fidelity to evidenced-based practices and positive outcomes relevant to the communities served.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a member of the Law Enforcement profession I work closely with crisis services.
We have established a trusting and mutually beneficial working relationship which ultimately benefits the clients and community. The management and staff at all levels is friendly, helpful and has such a positive outlook on their work. This kind of attitude makes it a pleasure to collaborate on projects and continue bettering relationships now and in the future.

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2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Wonderful agency and staff. Their MST program for at-risk youth and their families is highly effective at keeping kids at home, in school and our of trouble!

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