Children are born into families living in extreme poverty, where unemployment and criminal activity are ways of life. These challenges often lead to domestic violence, chronic abuse and life-threatening neglect – traumatic experiences that, in turn, have a profound effect on young lives. Many of these children fare poorly in school, fall into drugs and crime, and are apt to continue the cycle of abuse from one generation to the next. Language and cultural barriers can leave them and their families even more vulnerable.
Nuestra Misión es fundamental: Proteger a los niños contra cualquier clase de abuso, preservar las familias y construir una comunidad más fuerte y más segura para todos.
Our mission is critical: protect children from abuse, preserve families and build a stronger, safer community for all.
The Village Family Services is Southern California’s leading bilingual family wellness agency providing permanency and safety for neglected and abused children and youth. Our unique research-based approach centers on family wellness amid client-centered, strength-focused, trauma-informed and culturally competent care delivered by a compassionate, bilingual staff. The Village Family Services envisions a day when all children and youth are free of social, emotional, verbal and physical harm.
Los Angeles County is home to just over 2.1 million families. There are 2.9 million children from birth through age nineteen in Los Angeles County. The racial population of the County is 48% Hispanic; 29% Caucasian; 13% Asian-Pacific Islander; 8.5% African American; and 2.1% other races. Research has shown that one in five children (20%) live in poverty in Los Angeles County; a slightly higher percentage than the National rate of 18% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). In any given month there are between 32,000 and 33,000 children and their families who are active in the child welfare system in Los Angeles County. During the past year more than 18,000 children were placed into foster care. During calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009 the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has seen an increase in nearly every category of child abuse.
The Village is distinguished by our overriding philosophy that children and families come first, all the time, in all ways. No child in need of our services is ever turned away. When a child is abused or neglected, we are there. When a homeless teen has nowhere to turn, we provide help and hope. When a father reaches out for parenting skills, we support him in becoming the best dad he can be. We do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of a child.
Our services are brought directly to children and families through a series of bold, family-focused programs. From mental health to parenting, from foster care and adoption to our renowned “Wraparound” services, our programs work together to break the cycle of abuse and promote healing.
And even though our focus is on residents of the San Fernando Valley, there are no geographic boundaries on the breadth and depth of our services. If a client family moves to a neighboring county, our therapists stay with them to ensure continuity of care and a positive outcome.
The lifeblood of The Village Family Services is our team of gifted professionals. Deeply committed and compassionate, they spearhead an approach to care that unites evidence-based practice with strong sensitivity and cultural awareness. Most are bilingual/multi-cultural Spanish-speaking individuals who understand the unique needs of the people we serve.
We are passionate about improving the lives of families and children, giving them the tools to lead better lives. Whatever the need, whenever it’s needed, The Village is there.