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Foundation endows $100,000 to support Continuum Foster Care Reform
SACRAMENTO, Calif.,— The Kelly Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Stanford Youth Solutions to support local Sacramento foster youth through the launch of Continuum Foster Care Reform. Since merging with the RCB Foundation in 2009, the Kelly Foundation, of which River City Bank remains a major contributor, focuses on giving back to the greater Sacramento region through charitable donations. The Kelly Foundation Board selected Stanford Youth Solutions as the recipient of the 2015 Major Gift in order to bridge the gaps within today’s critically underfunded foster care system and to improve the experience and outcome of fostered youth in Sacramento.
“While we would be pleased to award all of the applicants within our grant pool, we selected Stanford Youth Solutions because they provide desperately needed services and unyielding dedication to families in the Sacramento region,” said Chairman of the Board of River City Bank and President of the Kelly Foundation Shawn Kelly Devlin. “Continuum Foster Care Reform works to ensure that these children can unite with a family and grow up with a lifetime of love and support.”
At present, Stanford Youth Solutions provides support to over 100 young people annually with complex needs whose families are not accepted in other foster care agencies or homes. To date, 80 percent of fostered young people have successfully moved into stable homes or independent living situations. The Kelly Foundation’s grant has been allocated to Continuum Foster Care Reform, a program that works to create seamless transitions for young people through foster care. The reform focuses on creating permanent solutions for foster children by locating and supporting a lifetime family placement.
“The grant money we have received will help bring hope and healing to the lives of vulnerable children and families across Sacramento,” said Stanford Youth Solutions CEO Dr. Laura Heintz. “Every child deserves to feel the love and support of a family, and we want to provide the resources to see it come to fruition.”
The Kelly Foundation supports health and human services, education, culture, environment and civic improvement through their funding. Each year, the Foundation provides approximately $400,000 in grants to organizations that support the Sacramento region. For more information about the Kelly Foundation, please visit www.KellyFoundationSacramento.org.
ABOUT STANFORD YOUTH SOLUTIONS: Stanford Youth Solutions empowers young people and their families to solve serious challenges that impact their lives. More than two-thirds of youth in Stanford Youth Solutions’ care reconnect to safe, permanent families. Through its innovative, proven, national models of care, youth in the Sacramento community learn life skills and overcome past trauma. Rather than repeating the cycle of violence or neglect that they have experienced, they become stable, functioning adults. Stanford Youth Solutions serves ages 0-24 with the majority falling between 12-17. Referrals are made from Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services, Behavioral Health Services, Probation Department and schools via Sacramento County Access. For more information on Stanford Youth Solutions, please visit www.youthsolutions.org or call (916) 344-0199.
ABOUT THE KELLY FOUNDATION: The Kelly Broadcasting Company’s KCRA‐TV (Sacramento‐Stockton‐Modesto, CA) went on the air on Sept. 5, 1955, and the owners of Kelly Broadcasting Company established the Kelly Foundation in December 1988 as a formal vehicle for structuring charitable contributions. The Kelly family sold KCRA‐ TV in 1999, and have continued the Kelly Foundation ever since. In 2009 the River City Bank Foundation merged with the Kelly Foundation and some executives of the Bank currently serve on the Foundation’s Board. Jon S. Kelly founded River City Bank and continues to support the Bank. His daughter, Shawn Kelly Devlin, currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board. The Kelly Foundation is an expression of the importance the Kelly family places on being a good neighbor and citizen in regions where they do business. For more information on the Kelly Foundation, please visit www.KellyFoundationSacramento.org or call (916) 978-4892.
ABOUT RIVER CITY BANK: River City Bank is the Sacramento region’s premier business bank with assets over $1.3 billion. River City Bank offers a comprehensive suite of banking services, including loans, deposits and cash management tools to the business, consumer and commercial real estate sectors. With tailored, executive-level service and a Five Star “Superior” financial rating from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm, Bauer Financial, River City Bank redefines the banking experience and every touch point that surrounds it. River City Bank is the largest, independent, locally-owned bank in the Sacramento region with a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. For additional information, please visit www.rivercitybank.com or call (916) 567-2600. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.