The employee honored as the Employee of the Month (EOM) in May 2013 chose to give their donation to the Child & Family Center, an organization seeking to provide mental health, behavioral, and education services to children, adults, and families throughout Santa Clarita Valley. From helping with suicide prevention to dealing with the effects of bullying and the prevalence of youth violence, it is the Center's goal to build healthy minds and families in Southern California.
The Child & Family Center started in 1976 by founders Katie Clarke, Liz Seipel, and Carol Gelsinger and was then known as St. Stephen's Special School. Throughout the years, the Center grew—forming a Board of Directories, becoming a 501c3 non-profit, receiving government funding, and even becoming the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health contract provider for all mental health services in SCV. In 2001, after significant effort to raise money and awareness, the Center moved into a new 27,000 square foot facility, with construction being completed six years later on several additions.
Over the last 30 years, the Center has undergone several name changes, being re-named as the SCV Special Children's Center, the Santa Clarita Child & Family Development Center, and finally simplifying to the Child & Family Center Foundation. Each name alteration signified a change in the Center's philosophy and services, evolving from the foundational mental health services for children between the ages of two and eight to also incorporating in-home, school based, and adult services. Now, the team at the Child & Family Center proudly serves people of all ages—from infants and toddlers to children, teens, transitional age youth (ages 16 to 25), and adults. In 2012, the Center was proud to report that they were able to help more than 3,000 children and 2,500 adults annually with prevention, intervention, evaluation and therapeutic services.
To learn more, or to donate yourself, please visit the Center online at www.childfamilycenter.org.