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Seneca Family of Agencies Announces Gala Honoree Rhonda Sciortino -- Survivor of Abuse, Public Speaker, Renowned Author, Radio Show Host & Child Welfare Advocate


Seneca Family of Agencies (Seneca) is proud to announce that Rhonda
Sciortino will be the Community Advocate Honoree at our upcoming Forever
Families Gala
taking place on November 10, 2018, at the Balboa Bay
Resort in Newport Beach, California.

Abandoned as a young child, Rhonda Sciortino was left in the care of her
grandparents, one of whom suffered from mental illness, the other from
substance abuse. Rhonda's tumultuous upbringing led to her placement in
a foster home which opened her eyes to the experiences of so many
children in foster care. She experienced abuse, homelessness, and
poverty and nevertheless found her way to become a prosperous
entrepreneur. She has sold two successful companies that protected and
defended private nonprofit child welfare agencies and has written seven
books, including "Succeed Because of What You've Been Through," as
featured on the Today Show. Rhonda is a survivor of abuse, igniter of
passion, public speaker, renowned author, radio show host, and child
welfare advocate.

"It is with great pleasure we present Rhonda Sciortino with the
Community Advocate Award. Rhonda's life embodies Seneca's values through
her perseverance and dedication to children in the foster care system,"
said Josie Aye Roemhild, LCSW Executive Director, Orange County
Programs, Seneca Family of Agencies.

"The national outcomes of an overwhelming number of former foster
children tell a story of homelessness, substance abuse, trafficking and
other tragedy. Conversely, many foster alumni are like me in that we've
created good lives for ourselves. Why the disparity? When someone
believes in us, we dare to believe in ourselves. That's what the good
people of Seneca do—they believe in the children within their influence.
That's why I am honored to receive this recognition from Seneca," said
Rhonda Sciortino.

Seneca is proud to honor Rhonda for her dedication to child welfare and
commitment to doing whatever it takes for children and families. The
Forever Families Gala will celebrate Seneca's 100% success rate of
placing children with their forever families for over 30 years. Compared
to the national average of 75%, Seneca's success is something to be

Special thanks to Marybelle & Sebastian Paul Musco, Sandy Segerstrom
Daniels, and Mary & Patrick Dirk for putting forth a $150,000 matching
challenge to support Forever Families through Seneca's Gala.

For questions, participation or sponsorship, please contact Seneca's
Southern California Director of Development, Kelley McGregor at
714.290.2548 or

About Seneca

Seneca believes that children and youth do not themselves fail but
are failed by systems unable to address their complex and specialized
Since 1985, Seneca has dedicated itself to a model of
Unconditional Care, reflecting our commitment to doing whatever it takes
to help children and families thrive. Through a continuum of services
aimed at supporting children's mental health, placement in forever
families, and achieving success in school, Seneca's support is truly
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