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Kinship Center


The mission of Kinship Center is to find and sustain safe, loving, permanent families for children in our community who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment through a full range of services. These include adoption, relative care-giver support, mental health, (early intervention and intensive family treatment and support), and child development. Our core belief is that every child deserves a permanent family where they can heal, thrive and grow to healthy adulthood.

The Big Idea

When children’s biological parents are struggling with drug addiction, mental health issues, are in jail, or are otherwise unable to continue caring for their children, other adult relatives often step in to raise the children. Far too often, relatives who take on the caregiver role live at or below the poverty level, most have inadequate health or mental health resources, and few understand how to access health and human services or other community resources. Kinship Center’s Family Ties program provides a range of services to ensure that these caregivers are equipped for success. The goal is to sustain healthy, permanent families by providing resources and using proven practices to build the capacity of kin caregivers to parent children with developmental, social and behavioral problems.

Our family is grateful to have received assistance and guidance from Kinship Center’s Family Ties program. Without Family Ties, we would have found it very hard to fix all of the issues going on in our lives concerning the untimely death of our son and caring for our two grandsons as two retired seniors. We also were able to receive guidance, transportation and advocacy when it came to obtaining our grandsons’ Medi-Cal and survivor benefits. Both of us have also been able to increase our knowledge by attending various parenting classes and trainings to help us learn to deal with the trauma and grief that our grandsons had to go through.

- Clementina Ortega

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.