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Celebrating Foster Care Awareness Month
A Heartfelt Thank You to Dignity Health for Sponsoring Our 2024 Family Picnic

2024 Family Picnic Group Photo

We are thrilled to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dignity Health for sponsoring our 2024 Family Picnic! This event is more than just a day of fun—it is a vital celebration of our incredible resource families and a cornerstone of Foster Care Awareness Month. This May, we came together to champion a vision where all children thrive in committed, permanent, and nurturing families, supported by their communities and enhanced by trauma-informed services.

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“One Day I Want to do Your Job!”
A Ten-Year Retrospective

Ebony Chambers and Jean Philson

Dive into a heartfelt journey of transformation from one of our very own Family Partners, igniting a ten-year retrospective and leading to a career dedicated to empowering families. Follow Jean’s inspiring path from receiving Wraparound services to becoming a Family Partner herself, shedding light on the enduring impact of compassion and support. Join her as she navigates challenges, finds strength in shared experiences, and shapes a brighter future for families in need.

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Prevention Through Empowering Communities
Family and Youth Partners as Natural Supports

Illustration for Wraparound

Discover the powerful personal journey of youth advocates, who share insights on navigating crises, the limitations of traditional therapy, the transformative impact of natural support systems and the urgent call to invest in community tools for resilience. Join the conversation on reshaping support structures before crises strike, fostering empathy, compassion, and proactive well-being for all.

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Delivering Christmas with Audacy
A Partnership with 98 Rock, 96.9 The Eagle, 106.5 The End, ESPN 1320, 102.5 KSFM, Alt 94.7

Group photo with Audacy radio stations: ESPN and 106.5 The End

Our Community Engagement Manager, Karla Zaragoza, had the pleasure of speaking with Doug Thomas about our programs and the impact we can make to help local youth in foster care through Audacy’s Annual Delivering Christmas Toy Drive. Thank you Audacy for having us on the Sacramento Public File and partnering with us to bring holiday joy to local children! Listen to the full episode here

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SMART Initiative
Combating Structural Racism & Advancing DEI Efforts

SSYAF Staff sitting around a table after a meeting

We are proud to partner with Sacramento County’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), as we embark on an imperative initiative—the Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART) project. The objective is to facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of our organization’s practices, focusing on behavioral health domains that are impacted by structural racism.

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A Strategic Partnership that Supports Local Youth and Families
Sacramento State University

Beatriz Lodia, Wonder Mentoring Program Manager

Sacramento State University and Stanford Sierra Youth & Families (Stanford Sierra) have formed a strategic partnership for over five years. Both entities have a common vision of improving the well-being and quality of life for vulnerable youth and their families in the community. Stanford Sierra supports the entire family with professional treatment and compassionate care, so every youth has the opportunity to thrive at home, in school, and in the community.

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Capital Region Cares Community Spotlight
Comstock’s Magazine

Diverse children in a park, smiling

During May, which is National Foster Care Month, we want to bring awareness to the need for safe and nurturing homes for youth in care over the age of 10. These young people never outgrow the need for a loving family. Through our Pathway to Permanency program, older children are connected to a family that can provide a sense of stability, lasting connections, and guidance.

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Kars 4 Kids Grant: Healing Families for the Sake of the Children

A family of four posing

We too, believe that helping children needs to be a holistic effort that strengthens and supports the whole family. That is why we felt so good about having a small part in the critical work of this organization by way of our small grant program. We share the mission of giving kids a feeling that they belong, and helping families to learn how to heal, moving forward.

Click here for the full interview with SSYAF Director of Development, Christie Shorrock.

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SAFE Grants $10,000 to Help Kids in Foster Care Moving to New Homes

SAFE Grants $10,000 to Help Kids in Foster Care Moving to New Homes

SAFE Credit Union is committing $10,000 to help area children and teens living in foster care with mental health services provided by Stanford Sierra Youth & Family Services throughout Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties. The grant will be used to offer a continuum of care to local youths living in foster care – many of whom are recovering from childhood trauma – seeking and moving into permanent homes. 

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Family & Youth Partnership as an Effective Strategy in the Crisis Continuum of Care

Family Partners and Youth Advocates help treatment teams provide services through a lens that is strength-based, outcome-driven, team-based, persistent, individualized, culturally competent, collaborative, community-based, inclusive of natural supports, and upholds family voice and choice. Their primary role is to ensure that all decisions are in the best interest of the youth and families served.

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Empowering Youth and Families, Transforming Lives

For more than 121 years, SSYAF has provided help and hope for youth and families during times of uncertainty. We remain steadfast in our mission of transforming lives by nurturing permanent connections and empowering families to solve challenges together, so every child can thrive.