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The Child and Family Guidance Center has developed the following directories to help you with locating social services within your community.   All listing are for free or low cost services and are located in the San Fernando Valley.

Client Brochure (Order Form) pdf

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Responding To Children’s Reaction To Disasters (Guide Book) pdf

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Food and Clothing Directory (English /Spanish) pdf

Housing Directory (English /Spanish) pdf

Child Care Directory (English /Spanish) pdf

Transportation Directory (English /Spanish) pdf

Youth Services Directory (English Only) pdf

Foster Youth Transitional Services Directory (English Only) pdf

Vocational Program Directory (English Only) pdf

Summer Camp Directory (English/Spanish) pdf

Domestic Violence Directory (English/Spanish) pdf

Emergency Directory (English/Spanish) pdf

Information & Referral Directory (English/Spanish) pdf

Parent Education Classes (English/Spanish) pdf

Volunteer Directory (English) pdf

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Online Resources

Mental Health Services

  • Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Community Resource Guide
    The Online Community Resource Guide has been developed to help you locate services related to Health and Human Services in Los Angeles County such as Mental Health Providers, Child Care, Health Care, Local Emergency Resources etc.  http://crg.lacounty.gov/dmh/
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, California  NAMI California is a grass roots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. NAMI California advocates for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, and provides leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California.  www.namicalifornia.org

Special Education

The education system is complex and sometimes difficult for the parent of a child with special needs to navigate.  The following websites provide educational material that may assist in understanding your child’s educational rights and how to advocate for them.

  • LAUSD Division of Special Education is a great resource for questions regarding Special Education Services.  In addition, it contains an e-Library with a wealth of information.  http://sped.lausd.net/
  • California State Department of Education,  Specialized Programs, Division of Special Education
    Extensive information on programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities, and recruitment resources and materials.  http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/#srpub

Services for Children 0-5 years

  • First 5 LA Parent Helpline
    888-First5LA (888-347-7855) The First 5 LA Parent Helpline provides information, support, and assistance to expectant parents and parents/caregivers of children up to age 5 years of age living in Los Angeles County.  http://www.first5la.org/
  • Child Care Resource Center
    Tel 818-717-1000 Provides information on services and programs for children 0-5 years and their families.
    http://www.ccrcla.org
  • North Valley Regional Center
    North Los Angeles County Regional Center provides lifelong partnerships and planning to persons with developmental disabilities by providing comprehensive information, and consumers, promoting and providing quality services, and supporting full participation of consumers and families in all aspects of community life.  http://www.nlacrc.com/

Additional Helpful Websites

  • WE Connect the WE Connect campaign is a public/private partnership designed to help the nation’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources. Many of these programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Women, Infant and Children’s Program (WIC), are available to individuals and families, but are not fully taken advantage of. This nationwide campaign connects those eligible with the information and tools they need to access these valuable resources, empowering them to live their dreams.  http://www.weconnect.net/                       
  • Public Counsel Law Center, Children’s Rights Project They offer manuals written for teens and parents on topics such as Special Education,  Immigration, Understanding the Juvenile Delinquency  System, Sealing  Juvenile Records,  Guide to Welfare and Health Care Program, and Emancipation.  Most are available in English and Spanish  http://www.publiccounsel.org/publications

  • LawHelpCalifornia.org LawHelpCalifornia.org is a free website that helps the public find legal help and self-help information.  They offer extensive Self-Help Materials/educational information such as fact sheets and brochures on the following topics: Housing, Public Benefits, Health, Consumer & Small Claims, Disability, Family and Kids (Education, Divorce, Custody, foster care, Support, Protection from Abuse (restraining orders, Domestic Violence, Child & Elder Abuse), Immigration (deportation, naturalization, citizenship, Asylum), Seniors, Life & Estate Planning, and Individual & Civil Rights.  www.LawHelpCalifornia.org

  • LACountyHelps.org LACountyHelps.org is a website that assist individuals to determine their eligibility for public services.  In addition, it can help you figure out what programs you may be eligible for by offering an online initial screening.  They provide information on CalWORKs, Health Insurance Programs, Food Stamps, General Relief, Community and Senior services, In-Home Supportive Services, Supplemental Security Income and others.  www.LACountyHelps.org                        
  • Los Angeles County, 211 LA County, formerly known as INFO LINE of Los Angeles, is dedicated to providing an easy-to-use, caring, professional source of guidance, advocacy, and 24 hours 7 days per week access to a comprehensive range of human services. You can call 211 directly to speak with someone who can assist you with locating a resource or go to the 211 website to locate services on your own.  http://www.211lacounty.org/Index.asp                        
  • Healthy City Health City is a search engine that helps you locate services in your local community.  http://www.healthycity.org/

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