Services We Provide


American Indian Child Medical Placement Unit MPU
Asian Pacific Program Minor Parent-Teen Pregnancy Disincentive Program
Public Health Nursing Sexual Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program
Rites of Passage Program Runaway Adolescent Program
Deaf Services Unit (DSU) Sensitive Case Unit
Family Assessment Services Team (FAST) START - Start Taking Action Responsibly Today
Family Group Decision Making Substance Abuse/Drug Testing
Family to Family Systems of Care
HUB/Assessment Services Wraparound


American Indian Child Welfare Unit


This unit provides culturally appropriate, case management services to American Indian children and families under the legal mandate of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act (Public Law 95-608).  The units provide case management services to Indian families countywide.


Asian Pacific Program


This Program serves the Asian/Pacific Islander communities.  The Program is capable of handling approximately 12 languages/dialects spoken in the target communities.  The Program's CSWs provide from the time a case is received from the Child Abuse Hotline until services are terminated by our department.


Sexual Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program


Provides clinical services to families that are involved with sexual abuse.  The program also provides internship programs for staff seeking licensure.  We utilize licensed clinicians within the Department to provide the hours of supervision.


Deaf Services Unit (DSU)


This unit provides the full range of public child welfare services (from Emergency Response to Permanency Planning) for abused/at risk deaf children, their hearing siblings and their deaf or hearing parents.  The DSU staff is representative of the deaf, partially hearing, and hearing communities.  Sign language interpreters are utilized, as case situations require.


Family Assessment Services Team (FAST)


FAST utilizes a multidisciplinary assessment in serving families with children at risk of gang violence.  The assessment team includes representatives from DCFS, Mental Health, Probation, Law Enforcement and the Board of Supervisors.


Family Group Decision Making


Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) provides an opportunity for extended members of a family referred to DCFS to aid in the course of preserving families, or providing permanency for children if placement is needed.


Family to Family


Family to family builds community partnerships to facilitate placements and achieve permanency for children in their community, and assists in the development, training and support of placement resource families.


HUB/Assessment Services


The Department has collaborated with its community partners to provide assessment and treatment services as needed, to children supervised by the Department.  The goal is to assist the Children's Social Worker in developing an appropriate case plan to meet the unique needs of children under our care. 


Medical Placement Unit (MPU)


This unit provides case management services to children who are medically fragile and/or with special needs as defined by AB636.  Medically fragile children have conditions requiring special procedures, equipment, devices and/or ongoing medical care and assessment.  The Medical Placement Unit assists parents and caretakers by arranging for the training required to care for these children.  Two MPU CSWs function as a central locator of foster homes, small family homes, group homes, and specialized care facilities.


Minor Parent-Teen Pregnancy Disincentive Program


The Teen Pregnancy Disincentive Program creates a new requirement for TANF eligibility for unmarried pregnant or parenting teens.  In order to receive TANF benefits, minor parents must live in the home of her parent(s), legal guardian, and an adult relative or in an adult-supervised living arrangement unless they meet one of the exemptions to the live-at-home rule.


Public Health Nursing


Public Health Nursing Program assists the CSW to promote health, prevent disease, and facilitate the provision of health care services allowing children to reach their optimal level of health.  Public Health Nurses, located in SPA offices, are available to assist the CSW in ensuring that children receive proper medical care, assessment, and to aid in cases that require medical consultation.


Rites of Passage Program


The Rites of Passage Program teaches the ten-step rites of passage, consisting of spiritual, emotional, social, personal, mental, cultural, historical, political, economic, and physical components.  The youth that participate in Rites of Passage are exposed to educational workshops, field trips, skill development training, violence prevention methods, martial arts, dance, tutoring and study groups.  Rites of Passage teaches concepts which are fundamental to the process of passage from child to adulthood.


Runaway Adolescent Program


Provides protective services for homeless youth.  The staff work very closely with the shelters in the community.  The majority of these youth are located in the Hollywood and Santa Monica areas.


Sensitive Case Unit


This unit provides protective services to children whose parents are DCFS employees, political officials, law enforcement personnel or a high profile case (i.e., one involving public figures from the entertainment industry, professional athletes, etc.).


START - Start Taking Action Responsibly Today


This units serve abuse/neglected youth who are delinquent or at risk of delinquency.  This prevention program is aimed at reducing juvenile crime and promoting academic success.  The program uses a multidisciplinary, interagency approach to case management.


Substance Abuse/Drug Testing


Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Services are available to determine whether parents or caregivers' abilities are impaired by the use of alcohol and drugs; if parents/caregivers need to be referred for alcohol/substance abuse treatment, and to monitor progress in treatment; and ultimately, test results are used to evaluate if children can remain safely in the home of their parents and caregivers, or if children can be safely returned to the care of their parents and caregivers.


Systems of Care


The Children System of Care (SOC) is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Mental Health, Children and Family Services, Probation and school districts, parents and communities to reduce the higher levels of care for high risk children and youth.  SOC is strength based and family focused.




Wraparound is a multi-agency initiative.  The Department of Mental Health and Probation use a similar process to refer children and youth for enrollment in Wraparound.  The Wraparound approach is a family-centered, strength-based, needs-driven planning and service delivery process.  It advocates for family-professional partnership to ensure family voice, choice and ownership.  Wraparound children and family teams benefits children by working with the family to ensure permanency.

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