Celia Center Inc

Helping Families Become Whole Again

aka Celia Center Inc   |   Laguna Beach, CA   |  www.CeliaCenter.org

Mission

Celia Center is a non-profit organization based in greater Los Angeles, which offers support for All Members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation through our programs: Adopt Salon Constellation Support groups, Adopt Salon National Mental Health Conferences, Celia Center Arts Festivals, and Wolf Healings. We provide a space for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho- education, process grief and loss, learn about search and reunion, and build strong lifelong bonds and connections.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Jeanette Yoffe, M.F.T.

Main address

1968 S. Coast Hwy #3305

Laguna Beach, CA 92651 USA

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EIN

20-5107135

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need to create a community for all members of the foster care and adoption population in Los Angeles and beyond.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Celia Center Arts Festival

Celia Center Arts Festival features the works of artists who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted and/or in foster care across many mediums. Entitled “Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity: The Voices of the Fostered and Adopted” the festival will feature stories and backgrounds of many, and seeks to bring together the voices that are often left out of the conversation on foster care and adoption. The Festival gives the Foster Care and Adopted a spotlight with the hopes of deepening the foster care and adoption conversation in Los Angeles and worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

A monthly open support group for all members of the Adoption Constellation: First-Birth Parents, Adoptees, Former Foster Youth, Foster Parents, Legal Guardians, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Families.

A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about search and reunion, and build strong bonds/connections.

Population(s) Served
Families
Victims and oppressed people

Wolf Connection is a home for rescued wolves and wolfdogs. The wolves help all who come in contact with them to learn how to focus on their impulses, feelings, and emotions in a constructive way. We arrived as our special “pack”, walked with the wolves, to learn about connecting, understanding the nature of human-animal relationships and the circumstances leading to love, support, and empowerment together!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

The conference is designed to educate, empower and inspire those connected by foster care and adoption.

*Participants will gain insight into the complex, multifaceted and often embodied issues related to adoption and foster care.

*Participants gain a clearer understanding of foster care and adoption and acquire practical, meaningful tools that can ultimately lead to healing and integration of the experience.

A shift is occurring - be a part of the transformation!

This conference is recommended for all members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation and those treating/working with the Foster Care and Adoption population i.e. Foster Youth Alumni, Adult Adoptees, Adoptive Parents, Foster-Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Social Workers, Psychotherapists and anyone connected by Foster Care and Adoption.

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

County of Los Angeles Appreciation Award 2014

County of Los Angeles Recognition Celia Center 10 Years of Support to Families 2019

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We will educate, support and provide resources about the lifelong foster care and adoption experience.
We will provide families with on-going post foster care and adoption support, psychologically and emotionally.
We will also provide support directly to the child, to address the long term processing of early separation, traumatic experiences, and grief and loss.

Adopt Salon Support Groups for all members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation which provide emotional, educational and psychological support for all.
Celia Center Arts Festivals to Create Opportunities for Self-Expression and Processing Early Life Transitions
Wolf Connection Family Gatherings to Create Connection, Compassion, and Community

Support Groups throughout the year
Mental Health Conferences
Special Events: Arts Festivals, Wolf Healings, Foster Youth & Adoptee Mentorship Programs

2 Full-Day Mental Health Conferences
1. 2012 at Skirball Cultural Center: Mending the Losses, Becoming Whole Again - 12 presenters
2. 2014 at Luxe Sunset Hotel: Facing Trauma With Truth - 10 presenters

2 Arts Festivals
1. 2016 at Electric Lodge: 10 hour Celia Center Arts Festival - 250 attendees, Art Exhibit, Performances and Children's Programming
2. 2019 at Highways Performance Space: 10 hour Celia Center Arts Festival - 250 attendees, Art Exhibit, 2 Evening Performances and Children's Programming

10 years of Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group in Los Angeles
Monthly support groups for all members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation (never heard of in LA!): Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents (pre & post-adoption), Legal Guardians, Adult Adoptees, and Former Foster Youth.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We created a mentorship event for children, based on feedback from some parents wanting children to have role models in their community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Celia Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carra Greenberg

Adoption Insider

Term: 2011 -

Justin Yoffe

City of Santa Monica

Nicole Rademacher

Yoffe Therapy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2019

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.