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National Adoption Day

October 19, 2010

Posted 10/18/2010

National Adoption Day is a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year on November 20, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation.

Do you have Adoption or Foster Care in mind? Let RCS help make your dreams for a family come true. More on RCS Adoption Program.

For more information on our programs or about foster care and adoption in general, fill out the information request form and one of our social workers will contact you.

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Walmart of Morgan Hill Surprises RCS

September 15, 2010

 Posted 9-15-10


On Monday, September 13, 2010 the Walmart Supercenter in Morgan Hill surprised Rebekah Children’s Services with a $1000 dollar check to support the programs and services offered to children and families in our surrounding communities. Initially, a friend and loyal customer of Walmart recommended Rebekah Children’s Services as a recipient of their support during a conversation about raising funds for school supplies. Walmart managers and employees became enthusiastic and excited about how to best provide support that would directly benefit children and families in our own community. The need for school supplies had been resolved through an earlier donation.

walmartWalmart was offered information on an upcoming fundraiser scheduled for November 19, 2010. The Festival of Trees fundraiser was a perfect match for Walmart’s desired purpose to help kids and families in our own community. This signature and annual fundraiser is focused on raising money to directly support several programs and services most utilized by children and families in need.

Walmart was genuinely thrilled and interested in learning more about how their support positively impacts the lives of so many people in our community and many, whom are dedicated customers of their store.

To experience such genuine interest and excitement was truly a pleasure. Walmart arrived on the steps of Rebekah Children’s Services with a group of representatives to learn first-hand how their partnership could further reach those in need. At the conclusion of our tour and open discussion about the various programs and services offered through RCS, Walmart presented a check for $1000 in support of Rebekah Children’s Services, as an official sponsor of our upcoming Festival of Trees fundraiser to be held at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center. Thank you Walmart of Morgan Hill.

Reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation

August 31, 2010

COA GifPress Release

Posted August 25, 2010


Gilroy, CA/New York NY – The Council on Accreditation (COA), headquartered in New York City, is delighted to announce that Rebekah Children's Services of Gilroy, California, has been reaccredited. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement identifies  providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to constituents to deliver the highest quality services.  COA is proud to recognize Rebekah Children's Services as one of these outstanding providers.

“COA reaccreditation validates the good work RCS provides our communities’ children and families,” said Mary Kaye Gerski, RCS Executive Director. RCS was the first provider in Santa Clara County to earn COA recognition and is one of two now accredited by the international organization.

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COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff and community partners. It involves a detailed review and analysis of administrative operations and service delivery practices—all measured against national standards that emphasize services must be accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, outcomes-oriented, respectful and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. 

RCS has served its communities most vulnerable children and families since 1897, when it opened as an orphanage. Today, RCS provides a full continuum of mental health and behavior related services. They include residential treatment, outreach and prevention and education programs for children/families—approximately 3000 Gilroy schoolchildren annually.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Today, over 1800 organizations—public and private—are either COA accredited or are in the process of seeking accreditation.  These organizations serve over 7 million of our most vulnerable individuals each year.

The mission of Rebekah Children’s Services is to promote the social, emotional, and physical well being of children and families. For more information, view the website at www.rcskids.org.

Gilroy nonprofit receives prestigious recognition for second time

September 2, 2010



By Staff Report
Posted 9-01-10

Rebekah Children's Services, a local nonprofit with offices in Gilroy, Campbell and Salinas, was recently accredited by an international organization focused on global human services.

The Council on Accreditation, based in New York, N.Y., designates recognition to specific community-care providers who set and meet high-performance standards.

Rebekah Children's Services, which also garnered the accreditation in 2006, provides social, emotional and physical support, along with education and training promoting healing, healthy development and long-term success to more than 3,000 Gilroy schoolchildren annually.

RCS's foster placement and family retention rates range between 82 to 87 percent, according to the group's website.

Accreditation from COA involves detailed analysis of administrative operations and service delivery practices.

As of today, 1,800 public and private organizations are either COA accredited or are in the process of seeking accreditation, according to a statement released by RCS.

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Strasburg Children Partners with Rebekah Children's Services To Raise School Supplies

July 28, 2010

Posted 7/27/2010

Strasburg Children and Rebekah Children's Services thank you in advance for considering the needs of all the little ones as the new school year approaches. During the weekend of August 6th, 7th and 8th school supplies can be turned in to Strasburg Children located in the Gilroy Premium Outlets.

Your donation of school supplies will benefit local children and families. In return for your generosity, Strasburg Children will thank  you with a discount off your entire purchase.

Items in high demand are crayons, safety scissors, glue, pencil pouches, erasers, paper, pencils, pens, and school backpacks.


Gilroy Premium Outlets
8300 Arroyo Circle
Ste. B160
Gilroy, CA 95020