Kinship Center Staff with Supervisors Botelho (far left) and Rivas (far right).

On March 20, Kinship Center celebrated its new office in Hollister with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony presided by Juli Vieira and Nancy Casillas. 

The new office is here to provide training, continuing education, counseling, and hands-on support to foster and adoptive families in our community.  Kinship Center helps children heal and strengthen fragile new families so that troubled children and teens won’t end up in institutions, hospitals, or part of the criminal justice system.

Attending the ribbon cutting from Kinship Center were Deb Schugg, Barbara May, Nancy Murphy, Paul Felder, Doreen Luke, Chandra Allen, and Leigh Cecka.  From our local Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center was Nan Oliveira, Kay Filice, Kris Waller, Susan Botelho, Vicki Fortino, Sylvia Jaime, Chris Breen, Allison Sicoli, Mary McCullough and Kathy Tiffany.  Esther Curtis from CASA was also in attendance, as were two of our county supervisors, Robert Rivas and Anthony Botelho.  Supervisor Botelho presented a county proclamation to Kinship Center for all of the work they do on behalf of children in San Benito County.

This represents an exciting new phase in the support of children in our community.  Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center raises funds for these services through their annual Wine and Food Tasting.  Save the date, September 8th from 4-7 PM for this years’ event.  It is sure to be another fabulous social and charitable affair at the gorgeous Paicines Ranch.  For more information, you can go to their website  If you’d like to become a member of Gabilan Kinship, contact Renee Kunz at 831-635-6800.

For information for foster and adoption, please contact Barbara May at 831-455-4740 or at

Gabilan Chapter Seneca is a volunteer group that raises funds to support Seneca's adoption, foster care and mental health services for children in San Benito County.