About Us

In 1997, two leading Southern California therapists recognized a serious lack of culturally sensitive, appropriate services for primarily Latino children and families victimized by violence, abuse and neglect. To fill that void, Hugo Villa, LMFT, and Irma Seilicovich, LMFT, established a new kind of agency with a fresh approach – one that united expertise with compassion, commitment and cultural competence.

The Village’s first county contract was to provide domestic violence prevention services approved by the Department of Probation in April of 1999.

In February 2004, the agency signed its first contract to provide foster care services with the Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS) and placed its first foster child with a loving foster family in June. In September of 2004 the agency received its first Department of Mental Health (DMH) contract to provide counseling and therapeutic services. The agency’s first Wraparound contract was received in April of 2006.

In 2010, The Village Family Services celebrated a decade of growth at its 10th Anniversary Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In October of that year, Project Q was launched providing supportive services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Also in October of that year, the agency added Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) and Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) to its services in order to reach children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed, developmentally disabled, and/or medically disabled.

In January 2012, the agency earned the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s “All Children-All Families” seal of recognition for outstanding competency in serving LGBTQ youth. The agency became approved as a California Board of Behavioral Services provider and launched its Cultural Competency Series providing continuing education units (CEU’s) to clinicians. Subsequently, in April 2012, the agency received contract funding from DMH to provide “Working with LGBTQ Youth” technical assistance training to service providers in Service Planning Area (SPA) 2. In July 2012, the agency opened a satellite office in Huntington Park located in SPA 7.

In April 2013, The Village Family Services opened drop-in@thevillagefs, a Drop-In Center for Transitional Age Youth (TAY). The center received start-up funding from Supervisor Zev Yarolavsky, along with additional support from the Green Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

In January 2014, the agency renewed its Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s “All Children-All Families” seal of recognition for outstanding competency in serving LGBTQ youth.

In May 2015 the agency received its first contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to provide crisis beds to homeless youth.

In June 2015CARF International announced that The Village Family Services (TVFS) has been accredited for a period of three years for its adoptions, drop-in center, foster care, mental health and wraparound programs. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to The Village Family Services.

In July 2015, The Village Family Services opened a home for transition age youth (TAY) who may be emancipating from the Child Welfare system and are experiencing homelessness.

In October 2015, the agency received its first federal grant award for a Street Outreach Program targeting runaway, homeless and street youth ages 16 – 20. The 3-year grant was awarded by the Administration of Children and Families at Health and Human Services.

In April 2016, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding was awarded to the agency to extend TAY Drop-In Center hours allowing the program to be open during the evenings and on weekends to better meet the needs of at-risk and homeless youth..

Today, under the leadership of its visionary co-founders, The Village Family Services has emerged as a $16M internationally accredited social care and behavioral health agency focused on the unique needs of underserved children and families.

The need for our services continues to grow and, with the help of our friends and supporters, The Village will continue to ensure that more children are protected and safe, and more families stay together. We invite you to joinThe Village family.

The Village Family Services, 6736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 200, North Hollywood, CA 91606 | Phone 818-755-8786
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