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Click on the image to the left to view a comprehensive list of resources specifically for youth in foster care and young adults transitioning out of foster care. 

CRISIS

  • Child Protection Hotline

To report child abuse in Los Angeles County, contact the Child Protection Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Toll-free within California, phone (800) 540-4000. If calling from outside of California, phone (213) 639-4500 TDD [Hearing Impaired] (800) 272-6699.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Hotline
For free, confidential mental health information, referrals to service providers, and crisis counseling at any day or time, call our 24/7 ACCESS hotline at 1-800-854-7771.

Foster Care and Adoption

Department of Children and Family Services
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Headquarters’ Receptionist: (213) 351-5507
http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/index.html

Community Care Licensing
www.ccld.ca.gov/

Foster Parent College
fosterparentcollege.com

Foster Care an Adoptive Community
fosterparents.com
fosterparenttraining.com

QPI California
www.qpicalifornia.org

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Services 
http://dmh.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dmh

Research and Policy Organizations

Children’s Bureau
Program, policy, data, training, and other information from the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families
http://acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/

California Child Welfare Council
State advisory body that considers recommendations to improve child and youth outcomes through increased collaboration and coordination among multiple agencies
http://www.chhs.ca.gov/Pages/CAChildWelfareCouncil.aspx

Child Welfare League of America
Information and research on national child welfare policies, programs, and practices
http://www.cwla.org/

Chapin Hall
Research and policy center at the University of Chicago that focuses on children, families, and their communities
http://www.chapinhall.org

Children and Family Services Division, California Department of Social Services
Information on California’s child welfare programs and services
http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/

Data Resources

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Fact Sheets
Monthly fact sheets with data on children and families served by LA DCFS
http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/aboutus/factsheets.html

Child Welfare Dynamic Report System
Database of state and county child welfare data and outcomes
http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ucb_childwelfare/

Relative Caregivers

Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver
Information and reports on the California counties—Los Angeles and Alameda—participating in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Capped Allocation Project
http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1333.htm

The Court

California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care
Recommendations to the California Judicial Council on ways in which the courts and their partners can improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system
http://www.courts.ca.gov/brc.htm

Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth
Prospective study that has been tracking the outcomes of young people from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois as they transition out of foster care into adulthood
http://www.chapinhall.org/research/report/midwest-evaluation-adult-functioning-former-foster-youth

Los Angeles County DCFS Independent Living Program
Information on services and resources for Transition Age Youth (current and former foster/probation youth) in Los Angeles County
http://www.ilponline.org/

Guardian Scholars Programs
Information on post-secondary educational services and supports for current and former foster youth
http://www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/pdfs/GuardianScholars.pdf

California Fostering Connections to Success Act
Information on the implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, which extends foster care to age 21 and expands services and supports for children living under kinship guardianship
http://cafosteringconnections.org/index.html

Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act
Information and resource center on the implementation of the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Public Law 110-351)
https://www.childwelfare.gov/fosteringconnections/

Therapeutic Foster Care

Los Angeles County Katie A. Support Site
Information on Los Angeles County’s implementation of the Katie A. settlement, which focuses on ensuring that the mental health and medical needs of each child in or at risk entering the child welfare system are met
http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/katieA/index.html

NFPA: The Benefits of Respite Care (PDF download)
Respite care for foster parents should not mean inferior care for foster children.
http://nfpaonline.org/resources/documents/art%20aphsa%20respite%20care%20for@20foster%20parents.pdf

Foster Family Based Treatment Association
The Foster Family-based Treatment Association strengthens agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children.
http://www.ffta.org/whatis.html