Seneca Family of Agencies (formerly Seneca Center) was founded in 1985 by advocates who were determined to more effectively meet the needs of children in group homes and foster family care. Seneca established itself as an innovative leader in the provision of unconditional care through a comprehensive continuum of school, community-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families who have experienced high levels of trauma and are at risk for family disruption or institutional placement of the children.
In 2011, a strategic merger with Kinship Center formed Seneca Family of Agencies. In 2012, Canyon Acres Ranch was incorporated into the Orange County programs of Kinship Center, expanding the local base of mental health, wraparound, child placement, family finding and professional and parent training services.
Kinship Center, founded in 1984, specializes in adoption, foster care, family-based services, child and family mental health care, along with parent and professional post graduate training. The merger into Seneca Family of Agencies expands Kinship Center's landmark work in California of creating, supporting, educating and providing mental health services to families built by adoption and relative caregiving.
Canyon Acres has a 31-year history of serving children and families throughout Southern California, providing the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. The Canyon Acres Ranch Children’s Treatment Center in Orange County features a variety of therapeutic care programs that include child placement, mental health services and animal assisted therapy through an equine riding program.
Seneca expanded to Washington state in 2013 to support charter schools with a range of technical assistance and supports for schools and districts centered around a model of Unconditional Education. Seneca has since designed individualized models and services that meet students’ unique needs, and it continues to develop systems that support the success and wellbeing of all students.
The joining of these organizations creates one of the most comprehensive service systems for children in California and Washington. Seneca Family of Agencies’ continuum of care now includes:
- In-home wraparound
- Foster family-based treatment
- Adoption and foster care
- Mobile crisis response
- Kinship care
- Nonpublic Schools
- Integrated day treatment and special education services
- After-school therapeutic recreation programming
- Public school-based mental health and special education services
- Therapeutic mental health services -including pet assisted psychotherapy
- Intensive and preventive treatment for at-risk children and families
- Family finding for foster children
- National family finding institute
- National training institute (Seneca Institute of Advanced Practice)