Valley Trauma Center

Family Support & Empowerment

Family Support services promote healthy development in children by helping parents to increase parenting skills, build on their strengths and resolve problems that can lead to child maltreatment and family disruption. Learn more about our programs below. 

Adoption Promotion and Support Services

Strength United works in collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to promote stability and permanency for children who have been abused. When reunion with parents is not possible and adoption is considered the best option for child stability and safety, Strength United provides services for adoptive families through the Adoption Promotion and Support Service (APSS) program. Services are offered to families in need of adoption support or at risk of adoption disruption at any stage of the adoption process.  Children in long-term foster care, foster parents and prospective adoptive parents are provided with a range of services including:

  • Case management
  • Counseling – individual, family, group
  • Mentoring for parents
  • Support groups (see below for more information)
  • Linkage services including mental health services, regional center services for children with disabilities, chemical dependency programs and social services 

Our APSS program follows the seven core issues of adoption model, the five protective factors model and recognizes that there are distinctive types of adoptive families — kin, foster families who adopt, and families who are recruited and matched with children. These families may have different concerns and strengths, and need different types of services and supports at varying times throughout the adoptive process. 

The Adoption Promotion and Support Services program is a DCFS referral only program for Service Planning Area 2 (San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys) in Los Angeles County. We also provide services for our post adoption families that don't have an open case with DCFS.

Foster parents, relatives, family members and couples interested in adoption services can learn more by contacting our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line:

818-886-0453
661-253-0258
 
The Adoption Promotion and Support Service program hosts quarterly trainings for adoptive parents, foster parents and service providers on a range of topics impacting adoptions. For more information about these trainings, see our events page. Here are resources that have been shared a previous trainings:
  • Understanding Early Intervention and Special Education - Special Education Manual in English or Spanish

Stay tuned for the next APSS Quarterly Training scheduled for Friday, June 20, 2014! Details to be announced soon.

Adoption Promotion & Support Services Parent Support Group:

  • This ongoing support group is open to all parents and family members of adopted and foster children. Parents come together for mutual support and encouragement; to exchange information and learn about the impact of adoption on child development; celebrate the joys and triumphs; and find understanding and solutions to struggles encountered when caring for adopted and foster children. For more information and questions, contact a counselor at (818) 626-3086, extension 302 or 318. 

Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment

Children who have been abused or witnessed violence can experience a range of behavioral and emotional changes. They may internalize their feelings and withdraw, they may show signs of anxiety and fear, or they may act out their pain and fear by fighting, destroying property, and being disobedient or violent towards others.

In the Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment program (CAPIT), licensed and volunteer master’s degree-level counselors partner with families to help children overcome the effects of abuse, dissolve fear and trauma, and gain control of their behavior.  Counselors provide parents with steps for helping their children manage their emotions and build constructive behavior and healthy relationships free of violence.

Counselors take a positive approach in identifying and building on individual and family strengths while teaching skills for coping with stress and strategies for working through conflicts and problems.

Services include:

  • Case management
  • Child counseling
  • Adolescent counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Linkages to resources in the community

To learn more, please contact our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line:

818-886-0453
661-253-0258

Family Preservation

In collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Family Preservation program provides comprehensive support services to families experiencing difficulties related to child maltreatment.

Services include:

  • In home outreach counseling
  • Individual, family and group counseling
  • Teaching and demonstrating home management skills
  • Case management
  • Parent education

Services identify and build on the strengths of individuals and families to ensure the physical, emotional, social and educational development of children in a safe and nurturing family environment.

Program goals are to:

  1. Ensure Safety – Keep children free of further abuse and neglect.
  2. Achieve Permanency – Children achieve residential permanency through stabilizing families, family reunification, adoption and guardianship.
  3. Promote Well-Being – Children will improve their functioning in the areas of physical, emotional, social and educational development.
  4. Strengthen Parents – Parents will build on their competencies and strengthen their capacities to effectively parent and nurture their children.

Family Preservation Services are only offered to families directly referred by the Department of Children and Family Services.

To learn more please contact our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line:
818-886-0453
661-253-0258

Family Support Services

Family Support services promote healthy development in children by helping parents to increase parenting skills, build on their strengths and resolve problems that can lead to child maltreatment and family disruption. 

Services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Parent education
  • Support groups
To learn more, please contact our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line:
818-886-0453
661-253-0258