Children in the Child Welfare System
Of the 35% of children in the Child Welfare System identified as needing services, only 12.7% actually receive services
A gap exists in the provision of Early Intervention services to maltreated infants and toddlers. Only 12.7% actually receive services out of the 35% with a need. The Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act of 2010 acknowledged this and sought to advance collaboration between the child protective services system and the medical community, including providers of mental health, developmental disability, and early childhood intervention services. 211 LA has a unique opportunity to connect with parents and caregivers involved with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LAC-DCFS) through the 211 Help Line and the 211 LA Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court office.
211 LA is a trusted partner for parents, caregivers and early intervention programs to ensure that infants/toddlers exposed to persistent multiple risk factors receive early and effective Early Intervention services
211 LA’s unique and innovative partnership at the Children’s Court provides parents/caregivers immediate access to referrals for programs in the community mandated by the court. On average, the 211 Children’s Court Project receives over 2,000 requests for information and referrals per year. Since reunification of children with parents is driven by compliance with court orders, the 211 LA Children’s Court office is a critical point of contact and support for parents, foster parents and caregivers.