Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Kinship Center, A Member of Seneca Family of Agencies

Mission

Since 1984, Kinship Center has worked in and around Monterey County to help find permanent homes for children, stabilize families, allow children space to heal, and prevent further family and child development disruption. We build the capacity of children and parents to create strong family bonds, grow in resilience, and achieve their goals and aspirations regardless of the challenges or difficulties they may face. Over the past 34 years, Kinship Center has evolved into a comprehensive child and family service organization that provides a robust menu of programs addressing the holistic needs of children and caregivers.

The Big Idea

Some 50,000 children are living in the limbo of California’s child welfare system because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by their birth families. Many will reach age 18 in a succession of temporary homes or institutions, without knowing the security and love of a permanent family. This lack of permanence has a profound impact on the community. Many of these young adults will join the ranks of school dropouts, the unemployed, the homeless, and the mentally ill; some will face a lifetime of public dependency.

With our conviction that thriving families build a thriving community, Kinship Center addresses this problem at its core by assessing and training prospective adoptive or relative families, carefully matching waiting children and sibling groups with families, and strengthening these families with continuing education and hands-on professional support, including intensive counseling and mental health services through our three children’s clinics.

In the face of a growing demand for services and a commitment to maintaining our high standards of quality care, funds raised will support our adoption, children's mental health and child development services in Monterey County.

My wife and I are huge advocates for Kinship Center. A few years ago, they dispelled a lot of the myths we held on what it meant to be foster parents. The education Kinship Center provided before placing our son with us, and the resources available to us afterwards, have been invaluable in the success of creating our family. They are as important to us today, as they were in the beginning. I can’t think of another agency I would recommend to anyone interested in learning about becoming a foster or resource family. Even our young son understands how special Kinship Center is to our forever family.

- Miles Stearman