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DAC celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

We are grateful for the privilege of providing 10 years of family defense advocacy for underserved parents and children in Santa Clara County’s child welfare system.  On October 25th, we celebrated this milestone with a sold out event at the Hotel De Anza, where we honored DAC’s 2018 Outstanding Parent Alyssa Lopez and DAC’s 2018 Distinguished Advocate Probation Chief Laura Garnette!  Thank you to the many attendees, supporters, and sponsors who contributed to the evening’s success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!



8th Annual Family Reunification Day in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County was one of many jurisdictions across the country that held events this Spring in recognition of National Family Reunification Day. The goal of this celebration is to acknowledge families and communities coming together and to raise awareness about the importance of family reunification to children in foster care. This year, our Board of Supervisors proclaimed Wednesday, May 30, 2018 as Santa Clara County’s 8th Family Reunification Day.

At a festive event held at the Social Services Agency Auditorium, commendations from the County were given to six dedicated parents whose extraordinary efforts allowed them to safely and successfully reunify with their children.   A commendation was also given to two community partners, Maria Gil and Jara McDonough, who have both made vital contributions to the reunification and strengthening of our dependency court families.

Click here for NBC Bay Area’s piece on Santa Clara County’s 8th Family Reunification Day.

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DAC Mentor Parent Rosalio Chavoya Honored by Casey Family Programs

Rosalio Chavoya received the 2018 Casey Excellence for Children Birth Father Award. These awards recognize outstanding individuals and leaders who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. Award winners are selected in five categories: birth parents, alumni of foster care, foster or adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and child welfare leaders.

“It’s our absolute honor to recognize these outstanding people for advocating so strongly on behalf of children and their families, and for giving them greater opportunities to thrive,” said David C. Mills, chair of the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs. “These honorees are making the world a better place for children and families.”

Leo is certainly deserving of this award and we are proud to work with him at Dependency Advocacy Center.