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Sacramento Children's home BUILT IN 1867, HERE FOR GOOD adapted to the changing needs of our community and the clients we serve. As things have shifted from housing children in orphanages to working to prevent the need for out-of-home placement, we’ve been one step ahead of those trends. Over the decades, our leadership has been highly proactive in the care of vulnerable children.” The organization has improved the entire Sacramento community. “Our focus is children, but our programs and services are intended to benefit the entire family. We provide parenting classes in our Family Resource Centers, and address positive parenting skills right in the homes of parents at risk, such as those struggling with unemployment, as single parents, or with special needs children. We also provide case management support to parents of children we’re serving, those battling homelessness, addiction, or mental illness.” Partnerships with individuals and businesses have been KIDSHOME.ORG essential to Sacramento Children’s Home’s longevity. “We’re proud of what we do and the partnerships we’ve built,” concludes Koolakian. “We look forward to being around another 150 years and think the business community can play a central role in that.” T his year, Sacramento Children’s Home celebrates its 150th anniversary. Founded as an orphanage in 1867, this remarkable organization has grown into one of the Sacramento region’s largest and most distinguished child and family service agencies. Today, they offer early intervention and prevention services to avert the need for out-of-home placement for vulnerable children with the ultimate goal of keeping families together. For some of the most traumatized youth in need, though, services still include a short-term Residential Treatment Program that provides intensive mental health care in a group home setting and prepares youth to return to a family home. “Other non-profits providing similar services have come and gone,” notes Todd Koolakian, Director of Philanthropy, “but we’ve been around for 150 years because we’ve evolved and PROFILE SPONSORED BY THE YORK FAMILY OF COMPANIES | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 117