In June 2003, El Camino Children and Family Services foster care agency closed. Our foster care agency division grew to be one of the largest Hispanic/Latino based facilities in the State of California. The agency would place in Certified Foster Care homes an average of 30 to 55 children per month.
We had excellent success in reunification of children with their families. A child would stay on average 4 months in our agency.
We are the only known private agency to have had a weekly training of almost 400 potential foster parents.
In partnership with Community Care Licensing, El Camino Children and Family Services provided the first known mobile live scan: fingerprinting of applicants.
EL CAMINO FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY collectively, collaboratively, and in conjunction with the foster families provided consistent care, family warmth, and appropriate treatment for children and their biological families. Certified Foster parents Homes were supervised, supported, and assisted by bilingual professionals available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our policies and procedures have served as a model for other facilities throughout the state of California.
Our services have changed: We now assist, guide, and help provide resources to Foster Care Children, Foster Care Parents, Foster Care agencies, Group Homes, Biological parents, Educational Resources/Programs and to the community. We continue to meet, work and consult with state and federal officials concerning improvement and changes in the foster
In June 2003, El Camino Children and Family Services Therapy Center closed. Our Therapy Center was available to children and their parents from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday. A child could receive immediate therapy (counseling) upon arrival at our facility.
We had the capability to provide therapy sessions in English or Spanish. This is unique. Most facilities have a waiting list of up to one month before a child can be evaluated.
We continue to emphasize the importance of immediate therapeutic services to abused and neglected children upon entering the foster care system.
Our commitment to provide these services is ongoing.
We work with State and Federal legislators to ensure services continue without delay or interruption. We strongly believe therapy is an essential component to the child welfare system.
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