Policy and Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

Seneca is committed to informing and improving the local, state, and federal systems that serve children and families. Seneca’s broad geographic range and continuum of mental health, permanency, education, and juvenile justice services position the agency as a leader in shaping public policy. This work can take many forms: local county-level advocacy; state legislation; participation in state-level advisory councils or workgroups; developing partnerships or coalitions to advance innovative systems-change ideas, and more.

Seneca’s long history and proven commitment to the children and families in our programs, paired with our large geographic reach, gives us a “seat at the table” in many policy advocacy conversations about reforming family-serving care systems. However, we are, first and foremost, a direct care agency committed to supporting families through the most difficult times in their lives. Our policy advocacy work seeks to achieve reforms that will best support the children and families we serve and our program staff who are doing the critical work of providing unconditional care.

Seneca’s efforts to inform public policy should always be substantively informed by the voice, experience and need of the dedicated program staff working across Seneca sites, and the youth and families in our programs. If you are a Seneca staff person or a current or past program participant, and would like to connect about our policy work, please contact Hope Kamer, Policy Analyst, at Hope_Kamer@Senecacenter.org. We hope to hear from you!

How to Contact Your Representatives in Sacramento

  1. Follow this link to identify your representative: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ 
  2. Type in your street address and click “Locate”
  3. Click on your representative’s name
  4. When on your representative’s website, click “Contact” in the top navigation.

How to Contact Your Congressional Representatives

  1. Follow this link to identify your House Representative: house.gov/representatives/find/ 
  2. Type in your zip code and click “Find Your Rep by Zip” 
  3. Click on your representative’s name. 
  4. When on your representative’s website, click “Contact” in the top navigation.