The Child Welfare Division focuses on developing models and prototypes for child welfare services for at-risk children and their families. Programs offered in this division are Family Preservation, Adolescent Information and Education and Partnership for School Readiness.
The Family Preservation Network (a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Families and local community providers) provides an integrated, comprehensive approach to preserving families who are at risk of or already experiencing problems in family communication due to physical abuse. The goal is to ensure that the physical, emotional, social, educational, spiritual, and cultural development of children conducted by their parents/caregivers is within a safe and nurturing environment. Family Preservation is a six to twelve month program. Services include in-home counseling, parenting classes, transportation, teaching and demonstration, homemaker assistance, substitute adult role model/mentoring, housing support, mental health services, referrals, substance abuse treatment, and other linkages.