History of UACF
Earl Kelly, CEO
It all started at a kitchen table in Emeryville, California in 1993 when three extraordinary mothers: Carolyn Cooper, Nancy May, and Karen Hart dedicated themselves to transforming the mental health, educational, and legal systems that often failed to meet the needs of their children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
In 1987, the California Department of Mental Health applied for federal funding through the Child and Adolescent Services System Program (CASSP) for inclusion of a state level family group in California. As parents developed their voice through this early movement, a small group of 10 parents became strong, assertive leaders and moved forward to develop the United Advocates for Children of California (UACC).