Improving Lives...One Family at a Time

What began in 1976 as a small special school in a Newhall church hall has evolved to its current status as a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, independent, nonprofit agency serving the entire Santa Clarita Valley.  Today, Child & Family Center is widely acknowledged as one of the premier agencies in the community – one which provides quality services to the children and families of the area, and one which also understands the necessity of community outreach and strong partnerships.

Child & Family Center provides vital behavioral, mental health, and educational services that support and strengthen families. Our purpose is to help troubled children, teens, transitional aged youth, adults and families reach their full potential of becoming caring, responsible individuals.  Our basic philosophy is that early intervention and guidance as well as a comprehensive approach addressing the whole family can prevent serious future problems for the individuals and for the entire community.

Our professional staff of psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and interns, provide a reliable safety net for the people and neighborhoods of Santa Clarita. Today, clients of the Center are seen by their therapists or case managers in their homes, at 26 school sites, in Center offices, in parks – virtually anywhere that best suits their needs. Understanding the fragile nature of our clients’ lives is paramount.  Many of those served by the Center share common symptoms and challenges, yet each has unique needs. In response, Child & Family Center has developed programs that are tailored to the distinctive concerns of the individuals it serves.

In addition, Child & Family Center is blessed with excellent leadership in our Boards of Directors and staff, enhancing our excellent reputation. Our Center and Foundation Directors are all distinguished community leaders, joined by hundreds of volunteers, an Advisory Committee, a Women’s Auxiliary and our Young Leadership Corps of future leaders. We maintain strong collaborative relationships with local schools and colleges, social services agencies, the City of Santa Clarita and other nonprofit agencies.

The paramount issue in the minds and hearts of every person, staff or volunteer, who represents the Child & Family Center Family, is the well-being of the children and families in our community, and that the need for services is being met. Without the Center, many of our families would otherwise be unable to afford mental health or intervention services. Left unchecked and un-served, people in need of mental health services – regardless of age – are a danger to themselves, their families and the community.

As leaders of Child & Family Center, we’re proud to work together while providing vital services for our community. Improving Lives…One Family at a Time.


Joan Aschoff, Psy.D.                                        Mike Berger
President/CEO Child & Family Center              Chair, Board of Directors