Partnering Agencies

Seneca Family of Agencies

Over the past 25 years, Seneca has established itself as an innovative leader in the provision of unconditional care, creating a comprehensive continuum of community-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families who often have no other alternative to long-term institutionalization. Seneca’s continuum of care includes: in-home wraparound; foster family-based treatment; mobile crisis response; integrated day treatment and special education services; after-school therapeutic recreation programming; public school-based mental health services; and home-like residential treatment. Seneca is also proud of our conservative approach to the use of psychotropic medication in the treatment of children in all of our programs; psychotropic medications are considered a last resort if other treatment methods have not been effective on their own. In 2011, Seneca merged with Kinship Center which has built a strong reputation as a kinship-care and adoption program, training over 7,000 professionals nationally on adoption and permanency.

Seneca developed its Unconditional Care clinical practice model, which is described in Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (published by Oxford University Press in 2010), because no other evidence-based practice addressed the needs of the high-needs children we serve. These are often children who have been institutionalized for so long that they are completely disconnected from potential natural supports and youth with multiple traumatic experiences of severe loss and relentless family disruption and therefore require a close and continuous integration of relational, behavioral and ecological approaches to assessment and intervention. The most crucial components of the ecological approach are Family Finding and permanency. The enduring success of any other intervention relies capitalizing and leveraging family strengths to create resilient and enduring support networks for children and their families.

Family Finding and Kevin Campbell

Family Finding explores how we can remove the systemic barriers that block foster children and youth from maintaining or reestablishing contact and relationships with those that love them. Kevin Campbell, internationally known youth permanency expert and founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness, developed Family Finding, a set of strategies being used throughout the United States and in the Province of British Columbia to find lifelong supports for children and young people in foster care. After 21 years in social services he dedicated his life to advocating for permanency and providing training and technical assistance on Family Finding. Through this work he has improved the lives of children in numerous Canadian provinces and more than 40 states. Kevin’s work has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

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