Kinship Center, Member of Seneca Family of Agencies

Contact Information

485 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95112
United States

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Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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For over three decades, Seneca has worked to help children and families through the most challenging times of their lives. We offer a simple promise to each youth and every family we serve: no matter how profound the difficulties you face, we will be with you every step of the way. Children thrive when rooted in safe, nurturing homes. Every child needs and deserves the meaningful, lifelong connections of a permanent, loving family – connections referred to by child welfare professionals as permanency. Seneca provides an array of permanency-focused programs and services to help ensure that every child has a safe and loving place to call home. While the first goal of permanency is to keep children with their family of origin, our continuum of permanency programs include foster care, relative kinship care, visitation services, family finding, and adoption. Developed and practiced over the past three decades, Seneca’s evidence-informed permanency programs help ensure that each and every child, no matter how challenging their needs and circumstances, has a family to support and nurture them through childhood and into adulthood.

Services and information

  • Kinship / Relative Care
  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many do not realize the need for new resource families in California. The number of foster kids outnumber the foster families who can provide short or long-term care. Foster advocates work hard to find places for these children, but it is not easy.

The latest 2021 report from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report in California says there are:

  • 47,871 kids in California's foster care system
  • 22,892 who entered foster care
  • 15,386 foster kids awaiting adoption
  • California foster kids across all ages, with a median of 8 years
  • 33% whose foster child case plans include adoption

A child's median time in the California foster care system is over a year at 16.8 months. 13% spend 3-4 years in foster care.

California needs foster parents to take in multiple children if they have the time and energy to care for them. Sibling groups often need care, and it is essential to support these family bonds. In California, it is challenging to find homes for teenagers, though they need stable environments and reliable adults to support them.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.5 / 5
Rating breakdown
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M c
Apr 06, 2023

andrea from iss didnt tell me her payment which makes me frustrated with the agency thank you

Rating: 1

Clayton Kennedy
Aug 06, 2022

Not good. Did not help with my family issues and my son is now reluctant to seek further therapy because of this agency. Read their one star reviews on Yelp to get a real idea of what help you'll receive.

Rating: 2

Hedda Mora
Aug 18, 2019

Very helpful, heartfelt people working with families, foster kids and the community

Rating: 5

Serafina Potenzo-Neff
May 09, 2019

Great and curtious staff

Rating: 5

Hajrija G
Apr 04, 2019

I would like to take a moment to thank Miss Gabrielle Marshall a.k.a. Gabby for all of her efforts, hard work, dedication, professionalism and her wisdom in helping my son and myself in the time of need, to restore and rebuild our relationship! She wasn't just a professional that we seen every week she become also a great friend, someone that you can cry and laugh with, someone who listens, who cares, someone who is very kind and respectful and most importantly someone who tells you the importance of your existence, someone who never pass any judgements and is very understanding. I wish you lifetime of happiness and I know that you'll have many successful stories in your further career of bringing back families together just like you helped mine. You are the real gem and Seneca is blessed to have you onboard. It was truly a blessing of getting to know you and letting you guide Us to where me and my son should be emotionally and helping Us achieve great progress in a short period of time! We greatly appreciated all your knowledge and wisdom that you passed on us ready to move onto a next phase in our life. We will never forget You

Rating: 5