Our mission is to protect children from abuse, preserve families, and build a stronger, safer community.
The Village was established to meet an urgent need. In 1997, its co-founders, Hugo C. Villa, LMFT, and Irma Seilicovich, LMFT, recognized the lack of critical bilingual, bicultural social services for Latino children and families, particularly in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. Together, they founded The Village Family Services to fill the gap in services for the area’s most vulnerable and underserved residents.
Through the years, The Village has advanced and expanded its operations to include a full spectrum of trauma-informed programs and services, including vital support for homeless youth and those who identify as LGBTQ. In addition to its unwavering efforts to end youth homelessness, The Village delivers evidenced-based behavioral health services to children, youth and adults, and has long been at the forefront of culturally sensitive foster care and adoption services.
Today, The Village is a leader in the field, welcoming clients at three separate locations composed of more than 25,000 square feet of program space. Among its many accolades, The Village has received the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children–All Families seal recognizing cultural competence in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth and families, and was named 2020 Nonprofit of the Year for the 39th District by Assemblymember Luz Rivas.
The Village is accredited by the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Adoptions, Foster Care, Mental Health, Wraparound, and Drop-In Center services.
To learn more about The Village’s history and impact, review our 20th Anniversary Impact Report.
We invite you to meet several clients who, with help from The Village, have acquired the knowledge and skills they need to reclaim their lives and thrive.