Our mission is critical: protect children from abuse, preserve families and build a stronger, safer community for all.
Too many individuals in our community are faced with domestic and community violence, neglect, addiction, homelessness or abuse. These traumatic experiences have a spiraling effect on their lives, their families and the communities in which they live.
At The Village Family Services, we believe that no one should face such dire circumstances. We’re committed to helping each one of them find the refuge, the treatment and the encouragement they need to become safe and healthy. We will do whatever it takes to help change as many lives as we can. We will not stand still until we do. It is our moral imperative.
The Village Family Services is an internationally accredited, leading social care and behavioral health agency that provides expert services to help heal those traumatized by abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness or violence. The Village Family Services’ unique combination of compassion, client-focused and evidenced-based practices offers clients the best chance to heal and lead a happy and healthy life. The Village Family Services envisions a day where all children and youth are free of social, emotional, verbal and physical harm.
Los Angeles County is home to more than 10 million people and 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 47.7% Hispanic; 27.2% Caucasian; 13.5% Asian-Pacific Islander; 8.3% African American; and 3.3% 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, 2010). As of March 2014, 36,766 children were receiving some form of child welfare service, an increase of 1,460 from the previous year. The number of children in out-of-home placement was 20,676, an increase of 1,257 from the previous year (Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection). In 2013, the Department of Children and Family Services investigated 87,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect (Los Angeles County Annual Report).
Los Angeles County is also home to nearly 9,500 unaccompanied homeless youth, most between the ages of 12-24. Homeless youth are at higher risk for drug abuse, engaging in sex work, and incarceration. Moreover, Los Angeles suffers from disproportionately high levels of youth homelessness when compared with the national average. Between the 2009 and 2011 counts of the homeless population, there was a 4.5% decrease across Los Angeles County, yet the highly populous San Fernando Valley and neighboring communities to the north and west of the City of Los Angeles experienced a 26% increase. Alarmingly, the 2013 count for the San Fernando Valley uncovered a 64.8% increase in homelessness over 2011 and unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 increased by 48% (2013 LAHSA Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count). This region of our nation’s second largest metropolitan area is facing an under-addressed, serious and growing issue of homelessness, particularly among youth. Research also indicates that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. LGBT youth are at higher risk of emotional distress and face greater psycho-social challenges compared to heterosexual teens. Because trauma-informed service provision is a core component of service delivery, and because at-risk youth experience trauma in profound ways, we are confident that we are setting a new standard of care.
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 parent reaches out for parenting skills, we support him/her in becoming the best parent he/she 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.
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 care deeply about the wellbeing of all of our customers and clients. We come from a place of listening and understanding and we are absolutely committed to helping individuals find a better life. We believe that helping others is the most important thing we can do as human beings.
Through our understanding, our compassion and our skills, we are changing lives one by one. We are breaking generational chains of addiction and abuse. We are enabling those who are most at risk to live the lives they deserve. And as we do, we are restoring our communities to become better places to live, where people lead healthy and happy lives and thrive.