HSA’s Family Preservation program is designed to protect children by strengthening and preserving families whose children are at risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services refers all cases to HSA. The ultimate goal of the Family Preservation program is to assure the physical, emotional, social, educational, cultural, and spiritual development of children in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Select Home Visitation program partners families with a Parent Educator that will develop a plan to address their family’s needs. Visits are designed to build the protective factors and reduce risk factors. The Parent Educators use an evidence based early childhood home visiting model called Parents as Teachers (PAT). PAT was developed to build strong communities, healthy families and children that are healthy safe and ready to learn. Model-Certified Parent Educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being as they deliver services to families. The PAT program is designed to increase: the parents’ knowledge of their child’s health and development, school readiness and parent involvement; improve: parenting practices, parent-child relationships, child health and development and family health ; and prevent: child abuse and neglect.
Eligibility to enroll is only via referral from First 5 LA’s Welcome Baby Program utilizing a standard risk assessment screen at birth to identify families for service. Only families residing within a F5LA Best Start Community are eligible for referral to PAT (Parents As Teachers) if identified as high-risk. Families may present a variety of high need characteristics, but will not be targeted based on any one, specific high need characteristics.
Cal OES – Unserved/Underserved Victim Advocacy and Outreach Program – The program strives to provide services to the unserved/underserved populations within the Los Angeles County communities. The program seeks to empower victims of crimes of all ages to become survivors by providing unwavering support and advocacy. Victims receive case management services, court and law enforcement accompaniment, and assistance with filing for California Victim Compensation Board assistance. Victims also receive individual counseling, crisis intervention, referrals to other community resources, and may receive emergency assistance.
Weekly parenting classes in English and Spanish are offered at HSA and at different locations throughout the southeast area. There is a nominal fee for the 12-week courses, and a certificate of completion is awarded to each parent that successfully completes the course.
Current CalWORKS participants or persons eligible for CalWORKS qualify for HSA’s Domestic Violence Assistance program. Clients and their children can benefit greatly from counseling, parenting classes, and emergency assistance, services all designed specifically for domestic violence victims.