SCAYD and CPI merge talents to form Family Resource Center
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By Dave Williams  November 28, 2013 12:00 am

Its merger with Sonoma County Adult and Youth Development (SCAYD) will allow the California Parenting Institute (CPI), based in Santa Rosa, to expand its services.

Since May 2013, CPI and SCAYD have been working with a merger team that included board and staff members from each agency along with community members and legal counsel. This merger effectively added SCAYD to the CPI family of services, and the site will now be known as the Rohnert Park Family Resource Center.

The Rohnert Park Family Resource Center (RPFRC) offers counseling services for children and families on a fee for service basis, and with referrals from Child Protective Services. It also provides resource assistance for families with specific needs, as well as Girls Circle and Interactive Journaling for youth referred by Probation. 

CPI will offer a variety of parenting classes including the Safe Kids Workshop, which has already been scheduled at the RPFRC for Dec. 3. Most programs and classes will be available in both English and Spanish.

James Gattis, the previous Executive Director of SCAYD, now the Program Manager of the Rohnert Park Family Resource Center said, “When SCAYD originally formed, our mission and goals revolved around child abuse prevention. By merging with CPI, we are coming back into our core foundation. I see this as an opportunity to expand and continue services for youth and families of the Rohnert Park/Cotati area, and the merger of our two agencies makes this possible.”

Said CPI Executive Director Robin Bowen, “We could not have asked for a better partnership, and we are excited at the opportunity to provide more services to the Rohnert Park/Cotati area.”

CPI’s next step will be to work on a business plan for the Rohnert Park Family Resource Center, which includes input from community leaders and educators on what services will be offered. SCAYD for nearly a decade received sponsorship for several of its programs from Rohnert Park to the tune of $130,000 per year. But the money vanished when Gov. Jerry Brown squeezed local municipalities to help with the state’s budget crisis last year, leaving SCAYD in a difficult financial bind.

Last year, more than 3,000 families received services from CPI.

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