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Agency History

Seneca Center

Seneca Family of Agencies (formerly Seneca Residential and Day Treatment Center) was founded in 1985 because several caring, visionary people saw a tragedy unfolding: far too many children were failing in group homes and foster family care. In response, Seneca set out to develop mental health treatment and support services on the principle that emotionally troubled youth do not themselves fail, but are instead failed by systems unable to address their complex and specialized needs.


Throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, Seneca has dedicated itself to becoming a “system of care” agency providing a comprehensive continuum of community-based, school-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families.

Kinship Center

Since 1984, Kinship Center has helped build and strengthen families for thousands of children of all ages: those who can no longer remain safely with their birth parents because of abuse and neglect, those who have been abandoned, and also those who are voluntarily relinquished for adoption as infants by their birth parents. Kinship Center is headquartered in Salinas, California with facilities and services in eleven Southern California, Central Coast and Northern California counties.


Kinship Center has created programs and services over the years to meet the full range of children’s needs, including children with past trauma, and to support the adults who step forward to provide them safe “forever families.” Our pre and post-adoption training gives new parents the tools they need to help children overcome the scars of their troubled pasts. Our goal is to build and sustain strong families that give children a second chance at life and become an asset to the community.

Canyon Acres

For more than three decades, Canyon Acres Children and Family Services has been committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families.


With professional expertise and a dedication to giving every child a second chance, Canyon Acres has brought new hope to children who have been emotionally traumatized and require both physical protection and mental health treatment. Founded in 1980 on a ranch in Anaheim Hills, Canyon Acres has grown to become a leader in the treatment of child abuse, providing dedicated, quality services to thousands of abused and neglected children and their families.


Through foster care and adoption services, family finding and engagement, specialty mental health services, and in-home crisis services, Canyon Acres has been able to stabilize children both mentally and emotionally so they can look forward to a brighter future. It is always our ultimate goal to support all children to grow up and thrive in a strong and permanent family, whether biological or adoptive. Canyon Acres' ability to transition troubled children into less and less restrictive environments as their functioning levels improve is recognized as a model in the field. We are proud of our history of providing real hope for children and youth…the hope of a permanent, loving family that will be there for them for life.

Combining the Organizations - Seneca Family of Agencies

In July 2011, Kinship Center joined with Seneca Center to form Seneca Family of Agencies. On March 1, 2012, Canyon Acres brought its programs to Kinship Center, creating a 3-way merger that strengthens programs and services for children and families throughout California.


For 20 years Kinship Center, Seneca Center and Canyon Acres have worked as trusted collaborative partners to improve services and supports for the most vulnerable children and their families. This formal partnership fosters integrated programming that improves and protects crucial services in 12 counties statewide. In the current economic climate, it has become increasingly clear that one organization cannot address all the needs facing our communities, and that strategic collaboration is the only way to provide the full array of services that children need to heal and thrive. The joining of these three organizations as Seneca Family of Agencies creates one of the most comprehensive service systems for children and families in California.