Our clients are children, youth, and young adults, from infancy to 21 years of age and their families, from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, many of whom are underserved populations, all of whom have either behavioral, emotional, and/or mental health challenges.
We positively impact the lives of more than 21,000 children and families yearly, through the provision of mental health therapy services (3,000 annually) and outreach services (18,000). The majority of people served are low-income and face multiple environmental or life problems.
The Center provides services to low income families with children that have significant emotional problems requiring comprehensive mental health interventions. Our families often come to the Center feeling alone, and overwhelmed with the day-to-day challenges of raising a special needs child.
In addition, many families reside in impoverished neighborhoods that place their child at risk for gang involvement, school failure, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Many of our families have language and cultural barriers which makes it difficult for them to access the mental health, social services or school support services needed to create resiliency in these at-risk children and youth.
The Center serves children and youth living in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys, primarily living in impoverished neighborhoods. Our community is ethnically diverse. Spanish is the most frequently spoken language after English. The Center serves families that live in the highest poverty census tracts in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys: Panorama City, Pacoima, Van Nuys, portions of Northridge, and Canoga Park, Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, Acton, Littlerock, Pearblossom and Lake Los Angeles. The local overcrowded school system cannot provide the academic support that at-risk children and youth require to successfully graduate.