KIC History

KIC was founded in 1985 by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dianne McKenna and Juvenile Court Judge
Len Edwards. In 1997, Kids in Common merged with The Children’s Collaborative, founded by then-
Supervisor Zoe Lofgren. Kids in Common was founded with the intention of providing a voice for the
needs and concerns of children, and the Children’s Collaborative brought children’s needs together
with businesses and organizations that had the resources to meet those needs. Both of these legacies
are present in the work of Kids in Common today as we continue to work to improve the lives of
children in Santa Clara County.

In July 2010, Kids in Common merged with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

Kids in Common is:

– Santa Clara County’s only comprehensive child advocacy organization focused on children’s issues
and policies.- Partner-based, counting organizations and individuals as public policy partners.
– Focused on advocacy at the local level, informing local decision makers about best practices, policies
and investments that will improve children’s lives.
– Willing to speak out about public policy, budget allocations and systems issues.
– Able to assist our partners with their own advocacy efforts.
– Able to leverage our partners’ expertise to educate lawmakers, community leaders, decision makers
and funders for the betterment of children and their families.

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