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Aldea Children & Family Services appoints new officers

NAPA, Calif. –  July 27, 2017. Aldea Children & Family Services is pleased to announce the appointment of its new board officers.  The new board officers are: Sandy Re Sims (President), Bank of Napa; Karin A. Poire, JD  (Vice President), Coombs & Dunlap, LLP; Patti McFarland (Treasurer), Partnership Health Plan of California; and Linda Short (Secretary), retired Human Resources Specialist. 

Additional members of the board are: Walt Birdsall, CPA, Nova Group, Inc.; Dell Coats, CPA, G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP; Liz Gibboney, Partnership Health Plan of California; Joseph F. Harbison, III, Harbison Estate Wines; Alicia Hardy, LCSW, OLE Health; Alfredo Pedroza, Napa County Board of Supervisors; and Pat Wolfe, Mind Matters, Inc.

“Sandy is committed to building a community that works for everyone. We are grateful to have someone as vibrant, supportive, and community-focused as Sandy to lead our board,” said Aldea Executive Director Mark Bontrager.

About Aldea Children & Family Services

A beacon in the community for the last 45 years, Aldea Children & Family Services improves people’s mental wellbeing so they can strengthen their relationships and become engaged in the community. Through critical mental health, treatment foster care, adoption, and support services, Aldea helps more than 3,900 people annually in Napa and Solano counties who face obstacles to accessing and receiving effective treatment.

 

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Longtime Foster Parents Receive Allen Ewig Champion for Children Award

 

Aldea is proud to announce that longtime resource parents Steve and Michelle Kiefer were given the Allen Ewig Champion of Children Award for their outstanding, compassionate love for, support of, and service to, foster children. The Allen Ewig Champion for Children Award was created in memory of Aldea’s beloved, longtime director, for which it is named. Ewig was a passionate leader who believed strongly that children in need deserved the best treatment available to help them heal. Aldea decided to create an award that bears his name to honor people who share his passion and who go above and beyond on behalf of children. 

The Kiefers adopted their first child in Florida in 1998. The Kiefers grew their family again by adopting twins and another child before moving to California in 2004. In an effort to support more children in need, the Kiefers began to research resource family agencies (formerly called foster parent agencies) in the Solano, which led the Kiefers to Aldea. They became resource parents (formerly called foster parents) through Aldea in 2013 and provided foster care resources to several children, which led to the adoption of their fifth child in 2016 and their sixth in 2017. In addition to their commitment to serving as resource parents and to adoption, the Kiefers have committed themselves to bring awareness to the need for resource families in Napa and Solano counties. By sharing their experience, Michelle and Steve have convinced several other families to become resource parents through Aldea, resulting in many children having safe, stable homes. Several of these families have also adopted children through the foster care system. “Steve and Michelle are committed to providing every child who enters their home with a safe, loving, and nurturing environment to heal and thrive. Their passion for helping children is what Aldea has been about for the last 45 years,” shares Mark Bontrager, Aldea Executive Director.

 

Steve and Michelle became foster parents because they “feel compelled to serve the children of our community in a way that can provide them safety, a sense of belonging and acceptance, and family – for however long that may be.” The Kiefers strongly believe that “every child deserves to know their value and worth. Every child deserves to have a “family” who will advocate for them. Every child deserves unconditional love.”

 

About Aldea Children & Family Services

A beacon in the community for the last 45 years, Aldea Children & Family Services improves people’s mental wellbeing so they can strengthen their relationships and become engaged in the community. Through critical mental health, treatment foster care, adoption, and support services, Aldea helps more than 3,900 people annually in Napa and Solano counties who face obstacles to accessing and receiving effective treatment.

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Mike Birbiglia Is Coming to Napa Valley

Comedian, writer, actor and director Mike Birbiglia is one of the most sought-after performers in comedy today. From his masterful one-man shows on topics like sleep disorders, girlfriends and family, to his critically-acclaimed and audience-favorite films "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Don't Think Twice," Birbiglia is as funny as he is thoughtful.

On May 13, Birbiglia returns to the North Bay to headline Laugh Lounge 45 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. The show is a benefit for two Napa nonprofits celebrating 45 years of service. Aldea Children & Family Services and Cope Family Center were both founded in 1972, and work to address the need for child abuse prevention and mental health services in the Napa Valley. Laugh Lounge 45 will also offer various special packages to Napa Valley restaurants, hotels, resorts and wineries.

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Success Stories- Aldea Continues to Provide Forever Families for Children in Need

Through Aldea's Treatment Foster Care & Adoptions (TFC&A) program, more than 500 foster children and families are served annually in both Napa and Solano county. The program encompasses regular and Intensive Treatment foster care, adoptions, Emergency placement, and Transitional aged youth client services.

TFC& A provides forever homes to an average of five children and youth in the foster care system through successful adoptions every year.  Although the need for permanent and stable homes remains high for many children in our community, every child that Aldea helps connect to a loving, caring and nurturing home adds to one brighter future helping create a healthier community for everyone.

New adoptive parent, Karen Musk expresses, "Our family has changed in the most beautiful way since we adopted Jada. We feel truly blessed to be able to have her in our family! These heart-warming testimonials from new families showcase the work and dedication of Aldea staff who work hard to find forever families for children in need. Musk continues,  "Thank you to Aldea for not only making our family whole, but for also allowing us to be part of your family.”

Photo: Adoptive parent, Karen Musk with Jada

Baby Lucy came to Aldea as a tiny, frail newborn who was born with a congenital heart defect. With the help of Aldea, Lucy was able to be placed in a loving home where new mom, Martha, continues to provide the care and love needed for her to flourish. Three years after adoption, Lucy's heart is nearly completely healed! Martha told Aldea, "My daughter has flourished into a healthy, funny, smart, beautiful little girl! Alexis has changed my life forever and I am in awe of all that is motherhood!"

 Photo: Adoptive parent, Martha and Lucy


*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. 

 

Aldea Plans Expansion of Wolfe Center Campus

Aldea Children & Family Services will be expanding its Wolfe Center location and taking a campus approach to services by consolidating  operations from three formal locations to one campus. Executive Director, Mark Bontrager states, “It makes sense for clients and operations to be in one locale." Through this expansion, Aldea hopes to eliminate client confusion and make services more accessible.

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