FSA In The News
Cynthia MacDuff, a Family Support Services Program Manager for Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County, has been invited to participate as a subject matter expert in research being conducted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County and Guadalupe’s Little House by the Park have merged, effective July 1, 2019. FSA is the legal entity, and Little House by the Park’s identity, vision, and good work in the community continues uninterrupted.
More than 1,250 families in Lompoc and the Santa Maria Valley received intensive case management, mental health counseling, and educational programs for parenting, healthy relationships, and other life skills through Family Service Agency (FSA) and Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center (SMVYFC) last year. In addition, FSA-SMVYFC provided more than 8,500 families with information and referrals to community resources.
Through a grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, FSA will provide mental health counseling for students in fifth through eighth grades in Lompoc public schools with a high level of exposure to violence. Funds also will be used to provide mental health consultation for teachers to support children’s social and emotional development and to address challenging behaviors in the classroom. In addition, the money will fund a program for families at middle schools in an effort to enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
Hundreds of seniors are feeling a little healthier this evening after attending the 31st Annual Senior Expo of Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren showgrounds.
Students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District showed improvement in their emotional and behavioral health over the past year as a result of mental health services provided by the Family Service Agency, according to district officials monitoring the progress.
Family Service Agency (FSA) announces “The Good Life on the Central Coast” Photo Contest for 2019. Santa Barbara County residents of all ages are invited to share their favorite photographs for a chance to win cash prizes. All entries will be eligible for permanent display in the FSA’s Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center office.
Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County announces Robin Doell-Sawaske and Terri Zuniga as co-presidents for its 2019-2020 Board of Directors.
A $65,000 grant has been awarded to the Santa Barbara County Public Defender and the Family Service Agency to expand the Holistic Defense Program which integrates social services and legal representation in an effort to help women stabilize their lives and reduce re-offending.
Family Service Agency (FSA) has been named United Way of Santa Barbara County’s 2019 Community Impact Partner of the Year.
The Carriage and Western Art Museum in Santa Barbara was overflowing with guests supporting the “Cooking Up Dreams” chef competition in support of the Family Service Agency Santa Barbara, providing mental health and basic needs programs for under-served children, families, and seniors in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center (FSA-SMVYFC) are pleased to announce that Chuck Madson has been hired as Program Manager of its Substance Abuse Treatment program.
Joining its Board and representing communities throughout Santa Barbara County are Marisol Alarcon (Carpinteria), Robert Janeway (Santa Barbara), Sandra Underwood (Santa Maria), and Patricia E. Brady (Lompoc).
Parents, teachers, and others who work with youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to “be the difference” by learning how to reach out support youth struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem.
Every year, volunteer Big Brothers Big Sisters help improve the lives of more than 200 youths in Santa Barbara County, many from single-parent, and/or low-income homes.