Mission: Helping children and families through the most difficult times of their lives.
Best Places to Work: 2014 (#22)
Congratulations to our newest group of Senecans for completing orientation last week. Among this group, we have a Residential Counselor, a Support Counselor, two Mental Health Counselors and a Health Information Specialist. Interested in joining the Seneca family? Apply today!
One of our Foster Parent recruiters, Ebony Crump, at our Together We Rise event earlier this week. Thank you to everyone who participated for your willingness to promote foster care awareness throughout the Bay Area and for welcoming us to discuss the importance of permanency!
Seneca Family of Agencies (formerly Seneca Center) was founded in 1985 by advocates who were determined to more effectively meet the needs of children in group homes and foster family care. Seneca established itself as an innovative leader in the provision of unconditional care through a comprehensive continuum of school, community-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families who have experienced high levels of trauma and are at risk for family disruption or institutional placement of the children.
In 2011, a strategic merger with Kinship Center formed Seneca Family of Agencies. In 2012, Canyon Acres Ranch was incorporated into the Orange County programs of Kinship Center, expanding the local base of mental health, wraparound, child placement, family finding and professional and parent training services in Southern California and the Central Coast.
Seneca expanded to Washington state in 2013 to support charter schools with a range of technical assistance and supports for schools and districts centered around a model of Unconditional Education. Seneca has since designed individualized models and services that meet students’ unique needs, and it continues to develop systems that support the success and wellbeing of all students.
The joining of these organizations creates one of the most comprehensive service systems for children in California and Washington.
Seneca Family of Agencies’ continuum of care now includes:
Seneca Family of Agencies has programs across the states of California and Washington. Our programs are located in the following counties.
S.F. Bay Area (View a map of our Bay Area programs.)
Central Coast (View a map of our Central Coast programs.)
Southern California (View a map of our Southern California programs.)
Seneca Family of Agencies helps children and families through the most difficult times of their lives.
In many cases, we are the last hope for young people who have come to see failure and discouragement as a way of life. Here at Seneca, we offer each child a simple but profound promise: You will be supported every step of the way, no matter what challenges you face.
By supporting each child and family in identifying and building upon their resources and strengths, we enable them to approach the future with renewed optimism and a stronger sense of the possibilities for creating a new and different story for their lives.
Seneca Family of Agencies is a leading innovator in the field of education, community-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families. Seneca’s success with the most challenging children rests upon the agency’s commitment to five core service principles:
Once accepted into care, no child is ejected from Seneca due to challenging behaviors or service needs. Seneca tailors treatment and support services to address those behaviors and meet those needs, even as they change over time. (For more information on Unconditional Care and Seneca’s book, click here.)
Parent-Driven, Strength-Based Service Planning
At Seneca, we form partnerships with parents and focus on families’ strengths and competencies when planning and delivering services.
To enable troubled children to succeed at home, at school and in the community, Seneca works with each child and family to design and provide an individualized package of services tailored to meet their unique needs and circumstances.
Seneca’s culturally and ethnically diverse team of professionals respect client strengths, talents and cultural heritage, working with each child and family in the context of their histories and experience.
Seneca staff work closely with county agencies, school districts, and other community-based providers to ensure that children and families receive the supportive services they need to achieve lasting success.
Seneca Institute for Advanced Practices
Seneca's Institute for Advanced Practice provides high-quality education and trainings to Seneca employees and other providers. Our trainings provide opportunities for professional development and growth in a variety of topics related to supporting children, youth and families.
We welcome applicants from all different backgrounds and provide the training and support to help you succeed in your career at Seneca.
New Employee Orientation - Upon starting, every employee at Seneca goes through a paid basic training series that provides an orientation to the agency, the work we do and the population that we serve.
Clinical Training - Our clinical trainings provide in-depth information from experienced professionals, plus the opportunity to earn BBS CEUs in the process.
Specialty Training - Our specialty trainings provide insight into an array of topics such as permanency, resiliency, child trauma, evidence based practices and special education, plus group home administrator and foster care trainings.
Internships (Graduate Clinical Fieldwork)
We partner with local universities to provide clinical fieldwork placements for students in a variety of related programs. We have fieldwork students working on degrees in Masters of Social Work (MSW), Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). Our placements are limited in number and applications are open for only a few months each year. Please visit our website for more information about our clinical internships in the Bay Area or Orange County Area.
Building permanent families through family finding, kinship care, foster care and adoption
Establishing inclusive and supportive learning environments where every child can learn and succeed
Helping each child to heal and thrive by ensuring access to community-based therapeutic services when and where they are needed most
Creating innovative solutions for serving children and responsive strategies for developing professionals
*All statistics on this page were taken from the 2015-2016 Seneca annual report
I have been working at Seneca Family of Agencies full-time
Seneca is not only an organization committed to providing excellent services for the youth and families they serve, but they care about each staff person. Committed to professional development, varied growth opportunities and extensive training, Seneca is a place for both seasoned and novice clinicians and counselors alike. As a long-term employee I've had the opportunity to work in numerous regions, learn several different service types/approaches, and even shift between clinical and administrative positions.
If you're looking for an organization to support your professional growth, while maintaining excellent services for clients, Seneca is an organization you should consider.
I've never been more challenged by the needs of my clients... and I love it! I have grown immensely as a clinician and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Seneca Family of Agencies (San Leandro, CA) in September 2016.
Applied online. Received a phone call to schedule an on site interview a week later. Interview was a group interview with six other people applying for either the same or a different position. Interview was pretty laid back and mostly situational. Didn't seem like there was too much pressure. Everyone gave similar answers to questions but put their own twist on it.