Seneca SLO County

Serving Children, Youth, and Families in SLO County

Seneca offers programs in San Luis Obispo County including foster care and adoption, children's mental health, and relative caregiver services.

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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.

Press Release

Foster Care in SLO County

Seneca 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 in SLO County

Seneca's San Luis Obispo 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. Check out our latest Family Ties Spring 2021 Newsletter. For more information, please contact Branden Kay, Family Ties Program Coordinator, at (805) 538-8433, or via email at [email protected].

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Children's Mental Health in SLO County

Seneca's Atascadero office in San Luis Obispo County offers specialty mental health and counseling services to children and families touched by adoption, foster care, relative caregiving, or legal guardianship. Our clinic includes a variety of family-based services, including traditional mental health therapies for youth and their families, an Early Intervention Program, and counseling for adult adoptees, parents, siblings and birth families. Seneca is particularly noted for its in-depth education and support for parents and caregivers. For more information, call (805) 434-2449.


Training With Seneca SLO County

The issues surrounding adoption, foster care, and relative care are complex and lifelong for families. Seneca provides a variety of trainings that give 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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