Caring for Kids - Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) Program

Caring for Kids Child Abuse Trereatment program (CHAT) is here to help by providing short-term trauma treatment and related services.

Caring for Kids provides comprehensive treatment both in English and in Spanish, regardless of insurance and documentation status.

Services include:

  • Intake screening and assessment
  • Crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Individualized case management
  • Evidence-based individual/group therapy sessions
  • Referral and linkage to community services
  • Advocacy, preparation, and support for children participating in court proceedings, including transportation
  • Assistance with application to the California Victims Compensation Program

Caring for Kids has been developed for treatment of minors living in the San Fernando Valley area, but services are available to any eligible minor residing in the County of Los Angeles

Caring for Kids at SFVCMHC, Inc., accepts referrals from community members, community agencies, any City and/or County Department, CAL-VCP/VOC providers, and representatives from the Victim/Witness Assistance Centers.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments may also be scheduled evenings.
Van Nuys
United States
Target Population: 

All services are provided at no cost, regardless of insurance coverage or legal documentation status. To qualify for services children must have experienced:

  • Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse, or Neglect
  • Domestic Violence (personal or parental)
  • Parental Substance Abuse
  • Bullying (per CA Ed Code 48900r)
  • School/Community Violence or Maltreatment
  • Sexual Exploitation (includes Internet victimization)
  • Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Abduction
  • Terrorist Act

Caring for Kids targets child and adolescent victims under 18 who do not have access to services due to:

  • Lack of accessible community resources
  • Lack of mental health insurance
  • Non-eligibility for other programs

Priority is given to children and adolescents who are:

  • Dependents of the court and involved with L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services; and/or
  • Minors who are members of an underserved population, such as: non-English speakers, racial or ethnic minorities, LGBTQ youth, persons with disabilities, and/or residents of high-crime, poverty-stricken urban areas
Ages of Population: 

Ages birth to 17.

(818) 778-5406