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The University of Southern California School of Social Work (USC) is teaming with California nonprofit Seneca Family of Agencies to create a novel program that highlights the significant national need for social workers equipped to serve families that struggle with profound emotional, psychological and financial challenges. USC is partnering with Seneca to -offer a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program...



Seneca Family of Agencies in partnership with Santa Clara County Social Services cordially invites you to attend the Grand Opening of their new home...






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Shannon Dickerson, BS, and Ruth MacFarlane, MSW, recently presented at the 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in Tampa, FL. Shannon has worked at Seneca for the past 6 years and is a masters student in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Ruth has worked at Seneca for the past year and ½ and is a PhD student in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Their presentation discussed the innovative partnership between Seneca Family of Agencies and San Francisco County Agencies (child welfare, education, probation and behavioral health) that leverages braided funding streams to increase the scope and quantity of services provided to vulnerable youth and families. Check out their presentation, as well as our annualSF Connections Report.



As featured in a recent issue of The Shriver Brief, Rose Marie Wentz and Kelly Lynn Beck shared important insight into the world of Kinship Care.

Click below to read the article:

Unlocking "Reasonable Efforts": Kinship is Key by Rose Marie Wentz and Kelly Lynn Beck



Ken Berrick, CEO of Seneca Family of Agencies was recently interviewed on 100.3FM The Sound.

Click here to hear the radio interview and learn more about Seneca and the programs of Kinship Center and Canyon Acres.



Seneca Family of Agencies posts the following Request for Proposals for Information Technology Services. Full proposals should be submitted by March 15th, 2013. Should you have any questions, please contact Maggie Ferrill at Margaret_ferrill@senecacenter.org.

Request for Proposal (pdf) click to download



Danielle Decker, Director of Foster Care, and Nathan Aleman, Regional Director, were interviewed by Liz Saint John at Alice@97.3.

Click here to listen.



On March 1, 2012, the Board of Directors of Seneca Center announced that Canyon Acres Children and Family Services will merge into Seneca Family of Agencies, a collaboration that will further champion the most vulnerable children and families in Orange County. This new partnership follows the merger of Seneca Center and Kinship Center in July 2011.



The Board of Directors of Seneca Family of Agencies is pleased to announce a merger with Kinship Center, a respected statewide leader in the provision of adoption and permanency services for abused, neglected and abandoned children.



SAN FRANCISCO - MAY, 2010 – The fourth annual Art of Transformation exhibit will showcase the work of more than two hundred bay area students with mild to moderate disabilities. This years theme, Creativity Takes Courage, continues the collaborative youth exhibition of art work from Lincoln Child Center, Sand Paths Academy, Seneca Center, and Star Academy.


Published at New York Times


As part of a series on foster care in California, the KQED California Report featured Seneca's Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) program.

Laura Eggertson - Metro Canada
Published at metronews.ca At 17-and-a-half, “Adam” was about to age out of the foster care system in Ohio, with nowhere to go when he turned 18. That’s when a dedicated group of social workers at Northeast Ohio Adoption Services decided it was long past time the teenager found a permanent home.

Diablo Magazine
PlumpJack Café chef Rick Edge visits Danville to assist children and families in need Steve and Kristen Riter of Danville hosted an informational dinner and benefit to support Seneca Center, a non-profit agency that assists troubled children and families throughout Northern California. PlumpJack Café chef Rick Edge donated his services and whipped up an elegant five-course dinner. Seneca Center CEO Ken Berrick gave an overview of how the program helps children who have nowhere to turn.

By Jess Eagle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Published at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Kevin Campbell, of Seattle, Wash., stood in front of an audience in Venango County earlier this year, talking with a 16-year-old girl about her past. The girl had been in foster care for 10 years, with no relatives to claim her.

By Lane DeGregory, St. Petersburg Times
Published at St. Petersburg Times TAMPA

The state of Hawaii reports the number of foster kids is at a 15 year low. But for the 17-hundred children currently in foster care - and the scores more who will age out of the system - a new program is trying to connect them with their biological families. The Honolulu-based Epic Ohana began its Family Finding Program a year ago. In HPR's ongoing look at the Hawaii foster care system Ben Markus talked to a few of the foster kids who've reconnected with lost family members.

Download mp3 Runs: 3:26


By Garvin Thomas, NBC11 News

See original story and pictures at: http://www.nbc11.com/news/16425598/detail.html

FREMONT, Calif. -- Where yesterday there was nothing but an empty field, tomorrow there will be an entire playground.

The Seneca Center for Children and Families is a school catering to emotionally-disturbed children from kindergarten through high school.



Ken Berrick appeared on KQED's Forum program again, this time the topic was mental health issues in the Juvenile Justice system.

Download the program here (format: mp3/size: 23.8Mb)
(Windows: right-click and choose "Save Target As." Mac: hold Ctrl, click link, and choose "Save As.")



Download the program here (format: mp3/size: 23.7Mb)
(Windows: right-click and choose "Save Target As." Mac: hold Ctrl, click link, and choose "Save As.")

For more information, go to the KQED website: click here.


Ricky Poca, Cebu Daily News

Dr. George Stewart from Seneca Center presented at the Cebu Youth Trauma Therapy Conference in the Phillipines in February 2008.  To read an article about this conference from the Cebu Daily News, please click on the link below.




The Art of Transformation exhibition starting April 14 at Studio 333 features the creativity of children in Bay Area mental health programs.SAUSALITO, CA, April 26, 2008 – More than 200 children will participate in The Art of Transformation, the second annual art exhibition which honors the extraordinary creations of children who receive treatment from Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Lincoln Child Center, Sand Paths Academy, Seneca Center, an


Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writer
Jasmenda Brown, 20, was put in foster care at 5 because o...

Kristal McCoy's mother was an alcoholic. Her father was not around. When she was 13, when her great-grandmother could no longer care for her, she was handed over to the state. She had 16 social workers and 10 foster homes in five years.


By CHRISTINA BINKLEY with The Wall Street Journal
Published at The Wall Street Journal

Anne Farrah

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. August 9, 2007 -- Over 25 local artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond will participate in Sensing Peace, a collaborative art benefit at Pier 23 Café in San Francisco. Sensing Peace explores the connection between the ways in which we sense the world and creating a more peaceful world.


Martin Ricard
Last year, nearly 400 teenagers in Alameda County were treated for a serious emotional disorder and then released back to their homes. While there probably were more who could have been reached

Alameda County, Telecare, and Seneca Center forge unique partnership to provide vital mental health services to adolescents

Martin Ricard, STAFF WRITER Inside Bay Area Article
Seneca to implement a new therapy program to work with youths in the Alameda County probation system, and their families, slated to help keep youths at home, in school and out of juvenile hall.

Family Finding was featured by 60 Minutes in December 2006. Lesley Stahl reported on reuniting foster foster children with their biological families. "They are said to be the loneliest children in the world: unadopted foster children who assume their families have forgotten them. A new program called "Family Finding" tracks down these kids' relatives, giving the children a sense of belonging. For 13-year-old Samara, it's meant a reunion with her mother and the siblings she never met. Beverly, age 14, has been reunited with an uncle who now visits her weekly."


Dey, L.P. Team volunteers at Seneca Center
Company volunteers paint, decorate Receiving Center rooms in children’s emergency shelter

Laura Casey, Staff Writer - Oakland Tribune
Seneca Center in San Leandro plans to move to former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland

Erin Leigh O'Brien
Raiders defensive lineman Chris Cooper spoke to students of all ages at the Seneca Center.

Seneca Center
On August 28th, Seneca Center will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Community Treatment Facility for adolescents in Contra Costa, California with an open house party.