CARING FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
To make sure that young people have a healthy start, we are integrating the resources of the Health Agency and the Department of Children and Family Services to improve the county’s ability to link vulnerable children and families with a comprehensive set of services that will strengthen families and meet children’s needs.
More integration of services and less fragmentation means more stability and personal attention for young people in the county’s child welfare system. This collaboration also aims to make life easier and less stressful for the foster families charged with providing the care that these children need.
The Health Agency is also focusing on reducing homelessness among young people, protecting children and teenagers from sexual exploitation and linking teens leaving juvenile hall or probation camp to support services.
And to assist children and teenagers at risk for mental health issues, we are developing early identification measures that can be used by schools and community groups.