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Our Story


Changing lives and healing relationships by helping people thrive through education, treatment, prevention & advocacy.


Child & Family Center is dedicated to helping children, families and adults reach their full potential for becoming caring and responsible adults. Established in 1976 as St. Stephen's Special School, the agency's founders saw a need to assist children with emotional, learning and behavioral problems, by helping their parents learn better ways to parent them. Evolving into the SCV Special Children's Center in 1985, counseling services are added for teenagers and their parents.

Now known as the Child & Family Center, the agency has grown into a provider of comprehensive prevention, early intervention, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for children, teens, adults and families who live in the Santa Clarita Valley.


For over 40 years, Child & Family Center has built on what our founders started by providing quality care and services to children and families in need. Although the passion and purpose stayed the same, as a vibrant and mission-driven organization, we have grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve and expectations of our funders. Most significantly, we recently navigated two mergers enabling us to leverage resources and more efficiently and effectively provide mental health, substance use, and domestic violence services. This all sets the stage for our Strategic Plan that is framed with four aims in mind: Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People. Joy in Work.
Click here to read our 2018-2021 plan. 

Our Board of Directors


Cheri Fleming
Valencia Acura
Board Chair
Michael Berger
Morgan Stanley
Immediate Past Chair
Marc Winger, EdD
Retired Superintendent Newhall School District
Vice Chair 


Steven Zimmer
Attorney at Law



Fred Arnold
American Family Funding
Perry Smith
Signal SCV

Staci Daniels-Sommers, LCSW
Vista Research Group

Steven Sturgeon
AVM Tech

Gloria Mercado-Fortine
CEO Global Education Strategies

Aida Weinstein
Community Member


Susan Reynolds Buckley
Community Member

Dr. David Wong
Kaiser Permanente

Our Senior Leadership


Joan Aschoff, PsyD
Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Labbe, MA, LMFT
V.P. Clinical Services

Cheryl Jones
V.P. Marketing and Community Outreach

Christy Beaudin, PhD, LCSW, CPHQ
V.P. Quality, Training & Compliance

Linda Lawrence, PHR, SHRM-CP
V.P. Administration

Mary Brown, BA
Senior Director of Administrative Services

Marcelo Bedy
Senior Controller

Kimberly Hirano, MS LCSW
Division Director of Access & Specialty Services

Melissa Mercer, MS, LCSW
Division Director Intensive Services

Jennifer Roecklein, MA CPHQ
Director Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement





Our Partners

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Child & Family Center is a certified drug and alcohol treatment provider. Certification by the California Department of Healthcare Services demonstrates that Child & Family Center meets standards specifically for the outpatient treatment of the alcohol and/or other drug problems of youth and adults.


The Center collaborates with a variety of agencies including local school districts, local, county and state government representatives, various social service agencies, and law enforcement to provide the best possible care for our clients.

Our partners include:

California Children's Services (CCS)
Castaic Union School District
City of Santa Clarita
Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Grandparents As Parents, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
L.A. County DCFS Post Adoptive Services
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
L.A. County Probation Dept.
L.A. County Sup. Kathryn Barger
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
Lutheran Social Services
Newhall School District
North L.A. County Regional Center
Old Orchard Elementary School
Santa Clarita Valley SELPA
Saugus Union School District
SELPA Early Start
Sulphur Springs School District
William S. Hart District

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