apafss.org  |  April 2019


April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983. 2019's theme is “Strong And Thriving Families.” It recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.


APA's services are provided with the goal of "Strengthening Children and Families." Our focus is prevention and case management wrap-around services for families facing the challenge of being new immigrants and also survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. You can click this link to donate to our cause of Child Abuse Prevention.


The button below links to tip sheets designed for service providers to share with parents and caregivers in the context of a particular concern or question. They are not intended to tell the whole story; they merely provide a starting point for a discussion between parent and provider that is grounded in the protective factors. The information is easy to read and focuses on concrete steps that parents can take to strengthen their family.

Tip sheets

2019 Events Celebrating Children

On April 19 we are hosting APA Children's Day with hands-on Earth Day activities and games to promote physical health and mental wellness at our main office in Chinatown/North Beach. An educational workshop will be presented for the benefit of the parents. Oral health, nutrition, and environmental health theme will be highlighted. Click link for the flyer.


On April 20, we are collaborating with Chinatown YMCA for Wellness Day. Participants will receive information and resources that promote healthier children by changing their daily routines. The children will receive books and toys that stimulate their learning. On April 23, together with Wu Yee Children's Services and Asian Women Resource Center, we are presenting joint parent-child interactive group activities to celebrate “The Week of the Young Child” at the Betty Ong Rec Center near Chinatown, from 10:30 am to noon.


National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. We collaborate with several financial institution partners, throughout the year, to present financial literacy workshops to educate our clients and prospective clients.

On April 4, Preferred Bank's Dora Lau (First VP, Relationship Manager) and Sylvia Cheung (VP, Portfolio Manager) came to present a workshop on Fraud Prevention (pictured on the far right and 2nd from right respectively). It was held at our 10 Nottingham Place main office. The turnout was great, with over 30 attendees who had lots of questions for our presenters. To make it easy for people to attend, we provided child watch and lunch afterwards.

Financial literacy is a part of the curriculum for our Afterschool Discovery Club for 8-12 year-old students and our YELA (Youth Education, Leadership & Advocacy) Project for high school youths. We are looking to expand the financial literacy curriculum for the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) we conduct at our site in Visitacion Valley.

In 2003 the United States Senate designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. Here is a downloadable PDF called National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education published by Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Standards represent the framework of a comprehensive personal finance curriculum that begins early in elementary school, builds on foundational knowledge and results in high school graduates who are competent, confident managers of their own money. Here is the link to an article on usnews.com, "7 Financial Lessons to Teach Your Kids," written for the Financial Literacy Month.

APA GALA: Come Join The Fun!

Save the Date...Sunday, JULY 21 is our annual Gala. We will celebrate 32 years of serving the children and families in San Francisco's low-income and ethnically diverse communities. The venue is The Green Room at San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. Gala sponsorship information as well as sponsors and donors can be found on our Gala page. Here is a partial list of our sponsors/donors to date: 


Magenta, Inc.
Sutter Health CPMC


Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Foundation


ASAM, LLP(Joyce Tso / Julia Luk)
Gayle Chan / Cary Chen / Cory Chen
Western States Petroleum Association


Drs. Richard and Susanne Lee

Preferred Bank
Wells Fargo Foundation
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
Comcast Foundation
East Star Building Supply Co, Inc.
East West Bank
Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee / Lucy Lee
​GBC International Bank Foundation
Minami Tamaki LLP
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Overlook International Foundation
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Silent Auctions Items Available For Bidding Now...

2 tickets | Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda

Expires: October 15, 2019

3-night weekend stay | Breakfast, wifi

Expires: July 23, 2019

4 rounds of golf | Power carts, range balls

Expires: July 22, 2019

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Member

Rick Yuen

Rick has been on APA's Board for 9 months, serving on the Program Committee. He holds a Masters of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University. He started his career as counselor & manager with a non-profit agency in Oakland Chinatown providing education and employment resources and services for immigrant & refugee communities, and ensuring young adults are placed in summer jobs.


He then assumed the role of Academic Counselor with City College of San Francisco's Extended Opportunities & Services for four years. Rick then went on to become the first full time Dean of Students and Director of the Asian American Activities Center at Stanford University, a career that spanned 26 years at his retirement.


Currently Rick serves as a seasonal reader for Knight Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University.


Why did you join the Board?

APA provides an invaluable resource to the community for those children and families most in need. I believe in the mission of APA and the staff who provide the rich variety of services.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

Accessibility and high quality service/resources in a culturally sensitive environment.


What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

APA would benefit from acquisition of new property (ownership) to alleviate increasing/rising rental costs. Expansion of services to more regions and neighborhoods in San Francisco.

Tell us about your family?

Maybe not so much about my wife, children, and grandchildren, but I do want to share that I am born and raised in San Francisco, and my family goes back a few generations in San Francisco encompassing over 100 years.


What do you do in your leisure time?

I take pleasure in walking (with a goal of 10 miles a day) and enjoy traveling and exploring places near and far. I volunteer as an interviewer for the Stanford School of Medicine Admissions Office as well as volunteer as a reading partner for a first grader in my neighborhood San Francisco public school.


5 QUESTIONS  With Our Program Director

Farmmary Saephan MS

Farmmary is the Program Director of the API Family Resource Network (APIFRN), providing oversight for APA’s Family Resource Centers (FRC), API Family Stressline, DV prevention program, and Environmental Health programs. She joined APA over 13 years ago, working collaboratively with community based organizations to strengthen a network of linguistically and culturally-competent FRCs to be a geographically dispersed system of family-responsive support services.


Farmmary has an MS in Human Services, AS in Business Management, BA in Sociology and Asian American Studies with a minor in Philosophy; and Graduate Certificate in Counseling. She is concurrently a Ph.D. student studying Multidisciplinary Human Services with a concentration in Public Administration.


Why did you join the Agency?

This is the place that I can apply all my skills and interests, allowing me the flexibility to learn and grow. I stay at APA because I can make a difference to ensure families receive quality services, advocate on behalf of communities to be heard, and help create opportunities for other staff to find their place of growth and development in this field.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

APA services are family-responsive and community-responsive. Services are participant-driven and catered to the needs of San Francisco’s changing dynamics of families and emerging communities. To promote healthy children, APA services can engage families at different stages (of their situation) from prevention, early intervention, to crisis intervention.


What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

Expand APA services throughout San Francisco with our multi-cultural model, and collaborate with organizations in other counties.


Tell us about your family?

My family came to the U.S. as refugees like most Southeast Asians from post-Vietnam War. The resettlement hardship experienced by my grandmothers and parents reminds me to appreciate the smallest things in life and the precious moments that I can enjoy with my three children.


What do you do in your leisure time?

Between work, school, and family, it leaves little time for leisure. When I do have free time, I like to experiment with cooking, listen to music, watch movies at home.


At the March 11 First 5 All Grantees Meeting, VVSF received the Data Hero Award (out of 26 Family Resource Centers). This recognition is not just for VVSF because at the end of the meeting, Family Support Program Officer Shelli Rawlings-Fein reiterated that across APA, our data collection is EXCELLENT!


Kudos to everyone who conducted the intake process. Special acknowledgements to Adeline Ho (Sr. Program Coordinator) for handling our Intake Survey (95% completion) with First 5; Pamela Mok (Administrative Specialist) for years of data collection and entry in Chinatown; and Salvador Silva Luna (Operations Manager) with our CIRCE/CMS uploads.


San Francisco SPCA and Visitacion Valley Strong Families teamed up to extend family support services to pets. On April 6 the courtyard between our facilities at 50 and 66 Raymond Ave. became an outdoor clinic... 

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On March 27, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton met with D10 API service providers at our 50 Raymond Ave. family center. District 10 includes Bayview, Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley. The agenda... 

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Our Chinatown parents group organized a field trip to The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose on March 19. It was quite a long travel distance (4 hours roundtrip) for our parents and children. They convened...

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APA's mission is to promote healthy children and families by providing family support services to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. We also advocate for culturally competent services for Asians and Pacific Islanders through education, community building and leadership development.
APA Family Support Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. Your contribution to support APA is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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March - April 2019

$7,500 : Wells Fargo Foundation

$2,000 : Magenta, Inc. (monthly)

$1,000 : Carmela V. Tan

$500 : Teresa Ling / Goldsmart, Inc. | Today's V / Paul Zen


Berkeley Symphony; Bi-Rite Family of Businesses; Galileo

San Francisco Fire Department; Smuin Ballet

W San Francisco / Trace Restaurant


Chair  Rose Chung  Asian America Foundation

President  Cary Chen  Recology  
Vice President  Jacqueline Huie First Republic Bank

Secretary  Julie Hoxie  University of California, Berkeley
Treasurer  Joyce Tso, CPA/ABV  ASAM, LLP

Mai-Sie Chan, M.D.  Private Practice
Van Diep  KTSF-TV, Channel 26

Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group

Fanny Lam  COMPASS Real Estate

Kory Lam  HSBC Bank (USA)
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  

San Francisco State University

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software

Rick Yuen, Assistant Dean Emeritus, Stanford University 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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