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DAC Recognized by California State AssemblyMember Ash Kalra

This #GivingTuesday we received a California Legislature Assembly Resolution for DAC!
“Whereas, In the decade since its establishment, Dependency Advocacy Center has evolved into a leading organization in the greater Santa Clara community, a dynamic force striving to improve the quality of life of children and families in need within the general community, and its efforts are indeed deserving of public acknowledgement and praise; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by AssemblyMember Ash Kalra, That Dependency Advocacy Center be congratulated on the celebration of its tenth anniversary, commended for the vital role it has played in the lives of thousands of underserved families in Santa Clara County, and extended best wishes for continued success in the future.”
Thank you, AssemblyMember Ash Kalra! We appreciate your support!

Be part of DAC’s first #GivingTuesday!

Giving Tuesday is an inspiring global movement that harnesses the collective giving power of individuals, families, organizations, and communities, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  #GivingTuesday signals the start of the charitable season, when many people pay extra attention to the individuals and organizations who benefit most from their holiday and end of year giving.

How can I support DAC on #GivingTuesday?

This year, Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC) is participating in our first ever #GivingTuesday!

Over the last ten years, DAC has had the privilege of providing interdisciplinary family defense advocacy to over 7,800 low income, underserved parents and children in Santa Clara County’s child welfare system. By combining a skilled dependency attorney with the clinical expertise of a licensed social worker, and the compassionate, lived experience of a mentor parent, DAC has offered meaningful access to justice for the vulnerable population we serve.

Our unique approach to client representation has directly impacted parents like Alyssa Lopez, DAC’s 2018 Outstanding Parent Award recipient. With the support and guidance provided by our holistic approach, Alyssa has made huge strides in building the safe and stable life that she has wanted for herself and her three sons.

With your #GivingTuesday donation, parents like Alyssa will receive the help that they need to support their reunification and ensure their family’s long-term success.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to continue advocating for the families of Santa Clara County.  You can text your donation to (408) 883-4074 or click here!  Thank you for helping DAC strengthen families and communities!

Dependency Advocacy Center Receives 2018 LACY Honors Award

On November 9, 2018, Dependency Advocacy Center proudly received the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s 2018 LACY Honors award for our family defense work on behalf of underserved parents and children in Santa Clara County.

“In addition to its family defense work, DAC collaborates with the Law Foundation, the courts, child welfare, and many other partners.  They provide a powerful voice focusing all of us on the importance of our system healing individuals in a way that guarantees long-term stability for children and their families … The Law Foundation applauds DAC for its tireless advocacy and for being a valued partner in the continued fight to keep Santa Clara County as a model for dependency courts across the country.”

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!