How your Contribution Helps

$25
provides art therapy supplies or therapeutic toys
$50
provides comfort kits for children removed from their home
$100
provides school therapy visits
$200
provides family in-home therapy services
$300
provides a series of music or movement therapy groups
$500
helps a child in crisis

Make A Donation

As a non-profit organization, Child & Family Center relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to make mental healthcare accessible to children and families throughout our community. Gifts at every level make a difference and are tax-deductible.

Here's How Donations Have Made an Impact

Isabella's Story

Isabella

Isabella was angry. In her 17 years, she had witnessed domestic violence in her home many times. She was the victim of frequent abuse from her own father throughout her childhood. She would throw items at walls or people, flip tables, scream and yell at others and threaten to hurt herself or others. It was the only way she knew how to cope. She often had suicidal thoughts and had attempted suicide multiple times. She felt hopeless and had crying episodes. She had intense feelings of guilt and shame regarding her relationship with her father, who was in prison. During their therapy sessions, Isabella and her therapist Theresa were able to discuss her experiences. Together they made a "coping skills toolbox" giving her alternate ways to express her feelings. They role-played using an empty chair so she could process her feelings toward her father. During family sessions, Monica and Isabella's mother practiced communication skills by expressing praise. After several months of therapy, Isabella is now able to self-regulate her emotions, has built a solid support system and is able to use healthy coping skills when feeling angry and upset. She is finally able to move forward with recovery from memories of abuse.

Joe's Story

Joe

Joe began having suicidal thoughts at age 14, as a result of coping with his parents' frequent domestic disputes, breaking up with his girlfriend and thinking he was fat. He lived his life in extremes: exercising excessively or binge eating. At 17, he was not eating, had difficulty sleeping, and was irritable and isolated. He had thoughts of hurting others, slitting his parents' throats or choking students at school. His thoughts had become so severe that he was hospitalized by the Center's crisis team. Upon his release, the team focused on safety planning with his parents. Once the crisis was addressed, he was transferred to outpatient services. His therapist helped the family learn to communicate more effectively, and encouraged them to spend more time together. Joe began to feel comfortable in his therapy sessions, expressing to his mother how he felt a lack of affection from her and its impact on him. His therapist used his passion for film production, utilizing movies as a learning technique, as well as journaling and poetry. He kept a log of triggers, so he would be more aware of his thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Things began to improve. He started to set goals, and actually ran in the Los Angeles marathon. He began to eat in public, something that he had difficulty with in the past. Recently, he was accepted to college where he will study film production and drama. Blessed with a knack for stand-up comedy, he has taken his life experience, including the therapy, and turned it into a comedy routine that he performs at local comedy clubs.

ways to help

 
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Taste of the Town

Sunday May 6, 2018 marks the 30th year for Child & Family Center's annual fundraiser, Taste of the Town. The food and wine festival, voted Best Charity Event in Santa Clarita, features over 40 restaurants and caterers serving delectable tastes plus wine and beer purveyors in a beautiful garden setting. Plus fabulous live entertainment, auction and exciting raffle drawings. Visit www.tasteofthetown.com for more info.

 
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Kid Expo

Child & Family Center will present its 15th annual Kid Expo in October 2018. Over 100 exhibitors showcase their products or services for kids. From sports to karate, dance to art, gymnastics to books and tutors, kids and parents can discover the many activities available for kids in Santa Clarita. In addition, there will be fun, games, arts and crafts, reading and storytelling, art, music, sports and entertainment.  Thousands attend the annual FREE event for parents and kids of all ages. Plus every dollar raised goes directly to Child & Family Center.

 
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Holiday Giving

Help make the holidays brighter for those in need. Spread holiday cheer this year and help a family in need by participating in our Adopt a Family Program. You choose the size of family you'd like to adopt. We will match you with a family and provide a wish list for each family member.

 
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Gift Card

Donate a $25 gift card to Target or Walmart for our teen clients.

 
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Gifts in Kind

Gifts in kind, also referred to as in-kind donations, is a kind of charitable giving in which, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given. Examples of in-kind gifts include goods like food, clothing, furniture, office equipment, and building materials. Performance of services, providing office space or offering administrative support, may also be counted as in-kind gifts.

 
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Amazon Smile

Click Here to help raise funds for Child & Family Center as you shop for items at AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Child & Family Center. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.