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Presentations by Our Staff

Diversifying Your Revenue Streams: Case Example” presented at the Open Minds California Management Best Practices Conference, (Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., August 24, 2016)

School-Wide PBIS: Bridging Multiple Systems” presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, (Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., August 6, 2015)

Psychotropic Medication in Foster Youth” presented for the California Department of Healthcare Services, (Mark Edelstein, MD, Medical Director, Uplift Family Services, June, 2015)

Discontinuing Psychotropic Medication for California Foster Youth” presented for the Northern California Training Academy of UC Davis Extension, (Mark Edelstein, MD, Medical Director, Uplift Family Services, 2015)

“Wraparound for Families of Children with Significant Disabilities” presented at The Association for the Severely Handicapped conference (Eleanor Castillo Sumi, PH.D., November 30, 2012)

Child & Adolescent Characteristics, Outcomes and Wraparound Fidelity: Results from Eight California Programs” presented at the 2012 Wraparound Institute

“CMHACY 2009 Father Friendly Assessment”
With permission of the National Fatherhood Initiative, this Assessment has been adapted from the original for the purpose of making it more generally applicable to agencies serving families and children. [Brad Norman, LCSW, Uplift Family Services, Campbell, CA.]

“An Overview of Training for Key Wraparound Roles: The California Experience”
(Bradley Norman, LCSW and Geraldine Rodriguez, Ph.D, Supporting Wraparound Implementation: Chapter 5c.2, California Department of Social Services)

“EMQ Children & Family Services: Transformation from Residential Services to Wraparound” (F. Jerome Doyle, Eleanor Castillo, Laura Champion, Darrell Evora, Supporting Wraparound Implementation: Chapter 5d.6, EMQ Children & Family Services)



For children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.


Adopt Us Kids
Recruits and connects foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States.

Voice for Adoption
Voice for Adoption (VFA) develops and advocates for improved adoption policies. Recognized as a national leader in special needs adoption.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Speaks Resource Guide
Resources for families by geographic location.

Transition planning from AutismNow

Frequently asked questions and parent guides for Asperger Syndrome and Autism from

JACO Aerospace and Industrial
A guide to flying with a child with Autism.

Educational materials from AutismWeb
Materials for Autism teaching programs.

National Center for Autism Resources and Education
Educational advocacy and resources on autism including training for families, educators, clinicians and lawyers.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
Act Resources describing the ABLE Act, a savings account for families with people with disabilities.

Normal Developmental Milestones
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Gives normal developmental milestones for children.

Effective Health Care Program
Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update

UC Davis Mind Institute
Finds an association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides and autism in children.

ABA Guidelines
Health Plan Coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Holton Institute
AGI Residential/Daily Living Support online course, learn the best practices to support an adult with Autism.

National Health Statistics Reports
Changes in Prevalence of Parent Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School Aged Children 2007 to 2011-2012.

Autism Speaks
Frequently asked questions about the Autism Insurance Reform Law.

Autism Neighborhood
Series of interviews with experts and professionals in the field and individuals and families with autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sleep
An article about how ASD can affect sleep patterns.

Bipolar Disorders

A lifestyle guide for bipolar disorder. Information, statistics and treatments for dealing with bipolar disorder.

Child Sexual Abuse

Darkness to Light
Raises awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Survivors Healing Center
Education, information, referrals, services and support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Children’s Issues and Advocacy

Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
Research to improve social services for children and adolescents.

The ChildTrauma Academy
A non-profit organization, based in Houston, as a unique collaborative of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.

Child Welfare League of America
Coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families on policies, programs and practices.

Children’s Defense Fund
Fact sheets on children’s issues, including information about children’s mental health.

Children NOW
A national organization for people who want to make sure children are a top public policy priority.

Children’s Rights
National advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.

Every Child Matters
This organization works to focus public attention on children’s issues.

National Center for Youth Law
The National Center for Youth Law works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support and opportunities they need for a healthy and productive future.

National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
This organization’s goal is to infuse family-centered principles and practices into the child welfare system.

The Urban Institute
A non-partisan economic and social policy research organization.


KidsPeace: The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis
For families and kids dealing with crisis.

Cultural Support

National Latino Children’s Institute
Works to advocate for young Latino children and fix systems and policies to help kids succeed.

Disasters and School Shootings

American Psychological Association
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Facts for Families about Children and Grief

Child Mind Institute
Caring for Kids After a School Shooting

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Helping Children Deal with Trauma

The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter
Helping Children and Adolescents Deal with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

Foster Care

California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care
The charge of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care is to provide recommendations to the California Judicial Council on the ways in which the courts and their partners can improve safety, permanency, well-being and fairness outcomes for children and families.

California Permanency for Youth Project
Dedicated to assuring that no youth will leave the California child welfare system without a permanent lifelong connection to a caring adult.

Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation entirely focused on foster care. Works to provide and improve foster care in the United States.

A Family for Every Child: Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth by the North American Council on Adoptable Children for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2005.

Foster Family Based Treatment Association
The Foster Family-based Treatment Association strengthens agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children. The Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) is an agency-led organization of treatment foster care providers established in 1988 with an initial purpose of defining and refining Treatment Foster Care practices.

Legal Center for Foster Care & Education
A national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system. It provides a searchable database of legal and policy resources and houses announcements of events and newly developed information.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Addiction Center
Written by recovering addicts, Addiction Center provides up to date information on addiction and reviews top treatment centers.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Information on a range of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Includes bulletin boards for parents and links to other sites.

Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice Statistic Center
How much does crime cost?

Justice Policy Institute
Cost-Effective youth corrections: Rationalizing the fiscal architecture of juvenile justice system.

Mental Health

Fact Sheet: September is Suicide Prevention Month
Resources and statistics on suicide and prevention.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Helps parents and families understand developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows
Documentary on PBS, followed by a panel discussion with NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth, M.D., moderated by broadcast journalist Jane Pauley.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General s 1999 report on the topic of mental health and mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Information, support and resources about mental illness.

NADD: The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
Provides education, training and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Santa Clara County, Mental Health Department
Information about the Mental Health Services Act (prop 63) and about mental health services in Santa Clara County.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

A Place For Us
Parent message board, links to information about conduct disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and related problems.

Parent Resources

African American Community Service Agency
Acts as a clearinghouse/resource center for African American Services in Santa Clara County.

Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health
This Columbia University website has links to various resources, including disorder profiles and treatment options. It also identifies science-based “best practices” and reviews current scientific findings.

Family Resource Center
Association of family services organizations in Redmond, Washington.

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Information on research, prevention, early intervention, education and transition centers.

Information about kids’ health and well-being in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. Includes a list of agencies that can help.

KidsHealth from the Nemours Foundation
Children’s health information for families.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
National mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. The website offers general information about mental illness, as well as information about specific illnesses. NAMI publishes a useful booklet, “Parents and Teachers as Allies,” that describes the symptoms of childhood onset of various mental illnesses.

New York University Child Study Center
Child mental health information and information about parenting issues.

Parents Helping Parents
Information, guidance and peer support for parents of Santa Clara County children who have childhood disabilities including, but not limited to, physical, intellectual, or learning disabilities and/or special healthcare needs.

Substance Abuse

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.