Placer County Children’s System of Care recognized for support to Latino community

Published on October 05, 2015

The Placer County Children’s System of Care has received the 2015 Quetzal Award for youth development from the Latino Leadership Council.

Dedicated to advancing the wellness and leadership capacity of Latino populations in Northern California, the nonprofit council provides education, advocacy, cultural proficiency and capacity building to Latino communities and public and private partners.

“We’re in a unique position to partner with the LLC and are happy to be able to provide the support we do,” said Jeff Brown, Health and Human Services Department director. “They’ve been very successful in establishing relationships with and delivering critical services to many of our county’s Latino families.”

Placer County CSOC has committed to hiring bilingual employees and training all staff in cultural competence to meet the needs of the families served.

“The county provided the grant funding to create the council eight years ago and they’ve continued to provide services and support that helps us continue to grow even after the grant ended,” said Carlos Quiroz, executive director of the LLC. “The work we do to help the kids in our community wouldn’t be possible without their collaboration and support.”

The Quetzal Award is named for a beautiful but rare bird, thought to be life-changing when spotted. Recipients are recognized for working in close collaboration with others to ensure that the Latino community is being served in the best way possible.