Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS)
APSS was designed to increase permanency for children in Los Angeles County by supporting nurturing lifelong commitments between parents and children, ensuring permanency for children, expediting the adoption process, and reducing adoption disruption, thereby increasing the number of finalized adoptions. A range of supports and services are offered, including child and family therapy, case management, parenting classes, peer mentoring by adoptive parents, support groups for youth and parents, and links to other community resources and supports.
Our Chaplaincy program is designed to address the spiritual and value clarification needs of the youth in our care. The goal is to provide a variety of activities and opportunities to encourage our youth to explore this area of their lives. Participation in the Chaplaincy program is always voluntary.
Community Involvement offers a continuum of services geared towards helping children and families in our care by providing them with tools and resources they need to live successfully, such as mentoring, volunteerism, chaplaincy, nutrition, and independent living skills.
We provide our youth with several programs to help them advance academically, including tutoring, after-school computer lab instruction on the most up-to-date software, and a scholarship program which provides opportunities for worthy students to attend community colleges, universities, and trade schools.
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center is designed to help close the gap between those in need and those who can help. Drawing upon our years of experience and the skills of our personnel, early intervention and prevention assistance delivered through the Family Resource Center can help prevent further crises in families and consequently prevent more undesirable problems, such as child maltreatment, juvenile delinquency, school failure, and a host of other maladies that plague families in our communities.
Foster Care Services
Olive Crest recruits, trains, and certifies foster family homes from the community to provide warm, secure, and therapeutically safe environments for foster children. Foster children and parents are provided with ongoing therapy, training, and support services.
Emergency Shelter Care
Shelter Care parents are available to provide immediate care for children who have been detained by Social Services. Care is provided until it is determined whether or not the child will remain a dependent of the court or whether there are family members available to care for the child.
Standard Foster Care
Traditional foster parents are available to care for children who are dependents of the court. While the child is in care, the birth parents are given a plan for reunification by the court system. The child will be reunified with his or her parents if the court deems it appropriate and safe.
Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC)
ITFC parents provide homes to children who have complex emotional and behavioral needs that exceed what a regular foster care family can meet. Olive Crest provides specialized and extensive training to these experienced foster parents and delivers a range of supportive resources and services. A case manager, behavioral coach, and specially trained therapist provide treatment designed to address childhood traumas.
Our Adoption program is dedicated to providing permanent families and quality services to children who are, or are expected to be, legally free for adoption. This includes the many waiting children in the foster care system. These children are generally over the age of 3, part of a sibling set, and come from various ethnic backgrounds.
Mental Health Services
The goal of Mental Health Services is to provide high-quality and effective care that will lead children, youth, and families to healing, wholeness, and stronger relationships with one another. Mental health staff are integrated into Olive Crest programs and may provide such specialized, culturally competent services as crisis intervention, therapy, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric assessments, Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS), and medication management.
Our Residential Treatment Center allows teens to live in a caring environment appropriate for their age, gender, and background. Youth are empowered to choose a positive lifestyle through services that are individual, unique, and implemented with dignity.
Safe Families for Children
Parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children (newborn through 16 years old) to stay with Safe Families volunteers while they address the issues that led to the instability in their lives.
This program serves children and families by providing a family-centered, strength-based planning approach to help children remain in a home environment rather than residential care. Wraparound services are provided within the home and facilitate the family’s movement from dependence on mandated systems of care to natural supports.