County of Los Angeles
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, California 90020
Board of Supervisors YVONNE B. BURKE DON KNABE
Board of Supervisors
YVONNE B. BURKE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2008
Contact: Stu Riskin, DCFS Office of Public Affairs
Office (213) 351-5886 or cell (818) 625-3720
New Family Visitation Center Opens at Parkcrest Christian Church
in Lakewood on Thursday, October 16th
Center is Part of County's Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project
WHAT: As part of Los Angeles County's Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project (PIDP), the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and community partners will unveil a new Family Visitation Center in Lakewood located at Parkcrest Christian Church's Lakewood Campus, 6236 Woodruff Avenue, on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include an informal tour of the center and remarks by Nick Ippolito of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe's office, DCFS Director Patricia S. Ploehn, members of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families and Judge Zeke Zeidler of the Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court.
The Family Visitation Center is a collaborative effort resulting from a partnership between the DCFS South County regional office, the faith-based community including Parkcrest Christian Church and community-based agencies including the South Bay Center for Counseling. The Family Visitation Center is specifically designed to assist families who have had their children detained. It provides a home-like and calming environment so that parents can visit with their children in privacy and dignity and receive services to further assist their preparation for the successful and safe return of their children when possible. The Family Visitation Center also strives to address the issue of social isolation for the families served by DCFS. It will pair families with trained visitation monitors and coaches who are members of the faith-based community and can guide them through the reunification process. The Parkcrest location is one of only two Family Visitation Centers of its kind in Los Angeles County.
PIDP is a $5-million child abuse and neglect prevention project led by community-based providers selected in each of the County's eight regional Service Planning Areas. The agencies are creating a strength-based network of family support and connect families to services in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.
WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2008
The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Family Visitation Center at Parkcrest Christian Church
6236 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood, 90713