Child Welfare Division
The Child Welfare Division focuses on developing models and prototypes for child welfare services for at-risk children and their families. Programs offered in this division are Family Preservation, Adolescent Information and Education and Partnership for School Readiness.
The Family Preservation Network (a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Families and local community providers) provides an integrated, comprehensive approach to preserving families who are at risk of or already experiencing problems in family communication due to physical abuse. The goal is to ensure that the physical, emotional, social, educational, spiritual, and cultural development of children conducted by their parents/caregivers is within a safe and nurturing environment. Family Preservation is a six to twelve month program. Services include in-home counseling, parenting classes, transportation, teaching and demonstration, homemaker assistance, substitute adult role model/mentoring, housing support, mental health services, referrals, substance abuse treatment, and other linkages.
Adolescent Information and Education
The Adolescent I & E program was established to motivate and empower youth residing in our target area. Aspects of the program include school-based interventions and after school youth development activities for teens ages 11-18. School-based interventions are specifically designed to promote health related awareness, decrease teen pregnancy, reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among youth (including the spread of HIV), and curtail adolescent alcohol/drug use.
The goal of the after-school youth development program is to reinforce the concepts and values offered during the school-based classes and to provide teens with positive alternatives to drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity.
Partnership for School Readiness
Parents will receive information on child development for children between the ages of zero to five. Parents will receive assistance on selecting appropriate home based or center based child care programs. Information and assistance on transitioning to a preschool and kindergarten setting will also be given. If the family needs social services, they will be assessed by a social worker to identifying needs and to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate service plan. Each child will also have a developmental assessment. Three program strategies have been identified which will focus on "transitions" of children ages 0-3.
- Partnership for School Readiness Services will include providing information to parents of children ages 0 to 5 on child development and community resources.
- Child and Family Enrichment Services for early intervention children will provide a structured curriculum and nurturing environment that will allow children to achieve success and be "mainstreamed" into kindergarten with a rigorous transition program.
- School Readiness Resource Center will focus on children currently not in a preschool setting. We will provide four scheduled classes per week for children and their parents based on the PIWI model (Parents Interacting With Infants).
The Center is a place for children to participate with their parents in social/interactive and educational experiences.