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.
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Kevin Campbell (Family Finding)
Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model, a set of strategies now utilized throughout the United States and Canada to establish lifelong supports for youth in foster care. Prior to developing Family Finding, Kevin was an administrator, director and vice president in the social service sector for over 28 years.
Kevin continues to develop strategies to address the epidemic levels of loneliness that youth in foster care experience while waiting for a chance to go home to their relatives or to be adopted. He has helped over 10,000 youth achieve permanency and continues to help up to 80 foster youth per week through his advanced permanency trainings and technical assistance with agencies nationwide. To date, he has worked with over 200 jurisdictions across over 40 states and Canada.
You can learn more about Kevin here.