Seneca Central Coast

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.

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You can win this car in a drawing at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® (need not be present to win)! Click here to reserve drawing tickets. You can also reserve tickets by leaving a voicemail at (831) 455-4725 or emailing cencodevelopment@senecacenter.org. The winner will be announced at the event on Sunday, August 15th.

Thank you Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® for selecting Kinship Center to participate in this charity drawing for the 22nd year! It is an honor to be an exclusive partner with INFINITI.

This event provides critical funding to our foster care, adoption, relative caregiver, mental health, and other important child and family services.

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Foster Care and Adoption

Foster Care
Kinship Center’s foster care program includes short- or long-term parenting for children with a variety of special circumstances. We welcome new adults who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent. Some parents enter the process with the intention of adopting their foster children, while others prefer to remain a transitional placement.

Adoption
Kinship Center professional staff are adoption and permanency competent and have many decades of experience preparing families for their adoption journey. We match children with the potential adoptive parents who can best meet their needs, and we support the newly formed family through adoption finalization and beyond. The dedication of Kinship Center staff is responsible for the very high placement success rate.

For more information and to talk to one of our recruiters, fill out our Foster Care and Adoption Interest Form. You can also call (831) 455-4740 or email barbara_may@senecacenter.org.

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Relative Caregiver Services

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.

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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.

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Wraparound

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.

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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.

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Training

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.

Training Calendar


ROBIN DETTERMAN

Robin Detterman serves as Seneca’s Chief Program Officer of Educational Services where she provides leadership for the agency’s continuum of district and charter partnerships and five non-public schools, serving over 100 districts and schools in California and Washington State each year. Ms. Detterman started working at Seneca in 2005, and her experience asa special education teacher and administrator informs her current role. In this role, she supports Seneca’s education teams in the development and implementation of high quality, individualized services for students who need additional support at school while working to transform whole schools and school systems into places where all students are welcomed and can thrive. Ms. Detterman holds a MA degree in Special Education and is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Masters degree in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership. She is the co-author of Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).


NATHANIEL FOSTER

Nathaniel Foster is the Chief Advancement Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies. His focus is on development, fundraising, venture philanthropy, marketing and branding for the whole organization. Nathaniel came to Seneca with a clarity and depth of fundraising knowledge that has accelerated our overall efforts. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in business and also has his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit development & management world, working with local, national, and international organizations. Previously Nathaniel was the Executive Director of Playworks, anonprofit that serves over 700,000 children every school day, concentrating on conflict resolution, leadership skills, emotional intelligence and increased physical activity for elementary schools throughout the country. Before that, he was the Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Lincoln, formerly Lincoln Child Center. He has spent his entire nonprofit career in development, fundraising, board development, venture philanthropy, and communications and is very excited to be working with an organization as wonderful as Seneca Family of Agencies. In addition, he was co-chair for the Oakland Quality Community Schools Committee, currently sits on two for-profit boards, and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Private Asset Liaison Group


MICHAEL ALONSO

Michael Alonso is the Chief Information Officer for Seneca Family of Agencies. Since joining Seneca in 2003, he has provided leadership for all technology related operations throughout the organization. He is responsible for IT strategy and vision as well as oversight for the teams that create and maintain a robust information technology environment in addition to the teams that develop, deliver and support innovative applications specifically created for Seneca’s unique blend of services.Michael is passionate about designing and producing creatively unique solutions to increase efficiency and improve service delivery and is personally involved to a significant degree in Seneca’s application development process. In addition to internally-focused activities, Michael engages with organizations at the county, state and federal levels to represent the technology-related interests and perspective of both Seneca and the broader community of behavioral health providers. These organizations includecounties, other behavioral health providers, state advocacy groups and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONCHIT). Before coming to Seneca, Michael worked in the custom software industry, developing applications tailored for a wide variety of companies representing numerous industries such as healthcare, retail, technology, non-profit and more. During this time, he took an interest not just in the software development process, but also in the broader perspective of organization-wide information technology environments. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay)

JANET BRIGGS

Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, began her endeavor in finance by achieving her bachelors’ degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara. Janet began her career in Public Accounting working in various industries gaining extensive experience in accounting and business management and then specializing in providing audit and accounting services for various not for profit social service agencies as a CPA. Her in-depth understanding of accounting issues and regulations unique to not for profit agencies has distinguished Janet as a knowledgeable source and leader for this company. Since coming to Seneca in 2002, Janet has supervised and trained an ever-growing accounting staff on various accounting policies and procedures pertaining to Seneca programs. Not only does she review and monitor numerous county and state contracts, Janet also oversees all fiscal activity for over 150 programs in 20 different counties. Attending monthly fiscal program meetings, Janet is dedicated to effectively communicating with directors and managing the financial integrity of Seneca. In an effort to constantly improve practice and management skills, Janet regularly attends conferences and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.


KEN BERRICK

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emeritus of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is also a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, where he co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee, tasked with developing best practice recommendations to guide policy and inform statewide efforts to effectively address the behavioral health needs of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and in 2021, a recipient of the Jefferson Bronze Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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LETICIA GALYEAN

Leticia Galyean is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to youth and their families throughout California and Washington State. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leticia began her career with Seneca in 2001 as a Wraparound counselor inspired by the passionate belief that the effects of childhood trauma should be patiently and persistently supported in the context of family and community. Throughout her tenure at Seneca, Leticia has served as Program Director; Regional Executive Director; Executive Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives; and Chief Operating Officer.

She has developed, led, and evaluated numerous programs across the Bay Area and Central Coast, assisting youth and their families to meet their behavioral health, academic, and permanency goals. Leticia is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and behavioral health interventions. As CEO, Leticia oversees all aspects of Seneca including 150+ programs, with 1,400+ employees, serving 18,000+ youth and their families, annually.

She has served as a member of several policy development groups in California at both the county and state-level. Leticia also serves as an active member of the California Alliance for Child & Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and is a Board member of SOAR for Youth. From the time she was a counselor through her entire tenure at Seneca, Leticia has led with the vision to strengthen the larger systems of care for our most vulnerable youth and their families.