Strengthening Families and Communities
Children thrive when rooted in safe, loving homes. Every child needs and deserves the meaningful, lifelong connections of a permanent, loving family—connections referred to by child welfare professionals as permanency. Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies, provides an array of permanency-focused programs and services to help ensure that every child has a safe and loving family to support and nurture them through childhood and into adulthood.
Since 1984, Kinship Center has helped build and strengthen families for thousands of children through vital community services including foster care adoption, relative caregiver support, children’s mental health and wraparound services, legal guardianship assistance, and parent and professional education. Kinship Center is headquartered in Salinas, California and provides services throughout the Central Coast.
Monterey County Gives!
Donate to Kinship Center through Monterey County Gives to have a percentage of your gift matched! Donations can be made at montereycountygives.com/kinship.
You make it possible for us to serve children, families and communities here on the Central Coast, and increase our services and impact so we can do this important work every day.
A gift from you can help bring joy and healing to children and families going through the most difficult times of their lives.
Kinship Center Changing Name to Seneca Family of Agencies
Starting Jan. 1, 2023, Kinship Center will transition to using Seneca Family of Agencies as our official name.
In 2011, Kinship Center merged with Seneca Family of Agencies, a non-profit that specializes in children’s mental health, education, permanency for children, and juvenile justice services. Since that merger, Kinship Center and Seneca have been one and the same.
The name change will not affect how programs invest in and support local communities, and all donated dollars will stay right here on the Central Coast. Seneca will continue to provide a continuum of community and family-centered services on the Central Coast to support children and families facing the most significant challenges.
Click here to read the press release.
Change Happens Together 2022 Holiday Auction
Announcing our Change Happens Together 2022 Holiday Auction, Dec. 5-9!
We will be auctioning off items, silent auction-style, donated by local businesses. It all takes place on our @change_happens_together Instagram page. Be sure to follow the page for updates and to participate!
To donate an item and have your business featured to a new local audience, submit this online form.
100% of proceeds go to our Central Coast foster care program.
Thank you to our 2022 Holiday Auction item donors!
About Us and Contact
Address: 124 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908
Phone: (831) 455-9965
Email: [email protected]
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Kinship Center recruits and trains caring families to provide supportive homes to youth in foster care. These parents are referred to as Resource Parents or Resource Families. We seek and prepare Resource Parents to be well-matched with some of the highest-needs children that come into foster care, and we support those families in caring for children in a trauma-informed, attachment-based, and culturally competent way.
Our Resource Families are prepared for and committed to parenting children for however long each child needs. This means that parents could foster a child for as little as a day to as long as a lifetime, should adoption become the goal. Permanency program staff and Resource Parents are champions for the children’s birth families, actively supporting reunification and extended relative placement whenever possible, and maintaining relationships with a birth family even in cases when adoption becomes the goal for a child.
For more information and to talk to one of our Resource Family recruiters, fill out our Foster Care Interest Form. You can also reach out to our Central Coast Resource Family Recruiter directly at (831) 233-0036 or email [email protected].
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Relative Caregiver Services—Family Ties
Kinship Center’s Family Ties program supports successful family functioning when relatives have taken on the temporary or permanent care of kin children whose birth parents are not able to care for them. Often times, relative caregivers require a high level of intervention, community resources, support, and education to keep these children within the family and avoid foster care or the juvenile justice system. Legal guardianship assistance is provided when needed to insure permanency. The goal of this program is to support a stable family environment where children and teens can heal and thrive.Contact Family Ties
Children's Mental Health
Kinship Center offers a wide range of strengths-based and outcomes oriented mental health services that annually reach hundreds children and youth throughout the Central Coast. Our two clinics located in Salinas and King City are staffed by experienced therapists offering individual, family and group counseling. Our programs build upon and enhance the strengths of children and families, accelerating their progress toward attaining stability, self-sufficiency, and long term success. Services are provided in English and Spanish.
D'Arrigo Children’s Mental Health Clinic:
124 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908 • (831) 455-4770
King City Child and Family Development Center:
1180 Broadway Street, King City, CA 93930 • (831) 386-3940
Mobile Crisis Response Team
If you or a youth you know is actively experiencing a mental health crisis, call (831) 687-4379 for immediate assistance. A team of professionals will assist you over the phone and in person right away. Anyone in Monterey County between the ages of 0-21 can use this service.
In partnership with Monterey County Behavioral Health, Kinship Center's Mobile Crisis Response Team is an on-call unit of mental health professionals providing crisis intervention to youth experiencing an immediate crisis. The team responds to calls in schools, homes, youth centers, and other community locations to respond to any youth actively experiencing a crisis. The program's goal is to reduce unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations, decrease unnecessary police involvement, keep children with their biological families, and decrease placement changes for children not living with their biological parents.
Kinship Center offers intensive “Wraparound” services to children and youth at risk of placement in a high-level group home, and to their families. The Wraparound programs are strength-based, family-driven, flexible and creative, with the goal of helping the family develop the skills and supports to prevent or reduce the possibility of residential placement of their child.
A family-based team addresses the needs of the entire family, not just the at-risk child. This family team consists of family members, other community members who have an important role in the family, and Kinship Center’s facilitators or care coordinators, parent partners, and family assistants or youth partners.
Seneca's San Luis Obispo County Programs
Seneca offers programs in San Luis Obispo County including foster care and adoption, children's mental health, and relative caregiver services.
Go to Seneca San Luis Obispo County by clicking the button below.
The issues surrounding adoption, foster care, and relative care are complex and lifelong for families. Seneca provides a variety of trainings at our Kinship Center offices, giving parents and professionals the tools they need for success.
To register for a training, class, or support group, please visit our training calendar.
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