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NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2013 VOLUME4: ISSUE1 To join our e-mail list please visit:

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CFGC SHARES A NEW VISION AND MISSION We envision children and families flourishing in vibrant communities. Our new mission is to empower children and families to achieve health and wellbeing through innovative mental health services and community programs. You, our supporters and friends, are an integral part of helping us achieve our new mission. CFGC offers many opportunities for you to fulfill our mission.

OUR 2013 – 2015 STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS: GOAL 1: BROADEN CFGC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES CONTRIBUTORS Diane Montano Development Assistant Christina Moreno, LMFT Program Manager, School Based Christina Solanet, LMFT CFC Division Manager


CFGC is reaching out to underserved populations and making mental health care accessible and affordable. We are looking for Board advisors with business-to-business experience in the healthcare industry. Contact: Diane Montano |


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GOAL 3: INSURE FINANCIAL STABILITY By becoming a member of CFGC’s Board of Directors, you can utilize your professional experience to ensure that children and VOLUNTEER families do not miss out on the benefits of prevention and early intervention opportunities. Contact: Diane Montano | dmonta EXECUTIVE STAFF Roy Marshall, M.P.A. President/CEO Jeff Adler, Ph.D. Director of Operations Duc Tu Director of Finance Kathleen Welch-Torres, Ph.D. Director of Programs


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GOAL 4: HIRE AND RETAIN QUALITY STAFF Together, our 358 skilled staff deliver services that are proven to reduce homelessness, incarceration, suicide and psychiatric REFER hospitalization. Looking for employment? Have a friend you FUTURE EMPLOYEES think would like to join our team? Visit www.childguidance. org/employment for job opportunities. GOAL 5: PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY SERVICES


For CFGC, excellence means that each child that passes through our doors receives the very best in mental health services, leading to a life-time of happiness and productivity. Your financial contribution strengthens our services and changes the lives of people in need. You can make a contribution online at:


EXTENDING OUR REACH TO SERVE MORE FAMILIES CFGC’s administrative offices and North Hills and Palmdale Outpatient mental healthcare services have moved to new locations. The new facilities offer increased capacity to serve more children, youth and families in need. Our Community Resource Services and Early Childhood and Trauma Services are now housed in one building located at: 8550 Balboa Boulevard, Suite 150 in Northridge. Our Antelope Valley offices have also moved all programs and services into a new, larger facility. The new CFGC-Palmdale office is located at 40005 10th Street West, Suite 106. These moves are part of CFGC’s strategic plan to position the agency to respond to identified community needs in the years ahead.

#CFGCtips Twitter Strong grandparent-adult grandchild relationships reduce depression for both

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We invite you to visit our new facilities. To schedule a tour, please send an email to:


Addressing a Parent’s Worries: Bringing your child to a mental health professional

“In seventh grade, a fight with a girl my age got so bad that I broke her nose. I had been suspended for fighting three times before, but this time the principal said that I wouldn’t be allowed to return to school. Then, a counselor told my mom about CFGC’s Aggression Replacement Therapy.” * Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) uses role playing and empathy building exercises to offer teens with anger issues a whole new way to cope with difficulties. Teens who fight and rage with peers or aggressively oppose authority figures are often labelled trouble makers. In truth, out-of-control anger and aggression is often a sign of depression, trauma or other emotional issues. “When kids at school used to tease me, I felt embarrassed and trapped. I thought the only way they would stop was if I hit or kicked them. But once I started, I couldn’t stop. I got so angry that I kept fighting until the other kid was too hurt to fight back.”* ART combines three 10-week components to form a powerful experience that changes the way at-risk kids deal with anger and aggression. As a Licensed Therapist, I work with small groups of teens to identify skills they can use to diffuse situations, like listening and asking to explain. Then, the group “role plays” the situations and has a chance to “practice” making healthier choices under their most difficult circumstances. ART is proven to teach youth how to form healthy relationships with friends, teachers, parents and communities. Christina Moreno, LMFT | School Services Manager ART Lead Therapist - Antelope Valley If you know a teenager who struggles to cope with anger, CFGC can help. For daily positive coping tips, follow us on Twitter @ #CFGCtips. *Fictional depiction of a client’s experience

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#CFGCtips Facebook LET’S PUT MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM Young people’s mental health problems are on the rise – it’s time we took this as seriously as their physical education...

12 HABITS OF A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP Insights into a loving relationship...

CFGC’S COMMUNITY RESOURCE SERVICES WORK WITH MEDICAL DOCTORS TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENT PATIENT OUTCOMES Did you know that medical doctors can work with CFGC’s Community Resource Service (CRS) to help them ensure that their patients stay as healthy as possible? CRS medical educators accompany patients to their doctor appointments and work side-by-side with doctors to make sure patients are consistently managing their serious health issues. Families also benefit from having a CRS case manager to help them navigate the often confusing healthcare system. Our case management team helps families gain access to quality healthcare from MDs by removing barriers that keep them from seeking treatment for health problems. The service also provides medical doctors’ patients with links to community support resources that work closely with MDs to provide services that families need the most. Ultimately, CRS reduces tasks that impact MDs’ ability to treat more patients. Community Resource Services

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL YOUR TEMPER RISING The most effective thing to do when angry is restore yourself to calm then act...

To download our community resource directories please visit

CFGC’S COMMUNITY FAMILY CENTER ASSISTS FAMILIES ENROLLING IN NEW HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAMS CFGC’s Community Family Center (CFC) has helped families enroll in Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other health coverage programs for 14 years. Now, with new healthcare options available, we are expanding this service. Starting in July, along with our on-site health coverage enrollment service in Northridge, CFC began reaching out to many families that are eligible for health coverage for the first time. Our healthcare specialists provide presentations at local schools, churches and community centers to educate families about their health care coverage options. CFC also offers assistance with registration. We aim to educate newly insured families about using preventative healthcare coverage so that they have improved health outcomes. Our goal is to make sure as many families as possible take advantage of the benefits of early intervention. If you or someone you know is uninsured and interested in enrolling in a health care plan, please contact CFC at 818.882.3147. M. Cristina Solanet, MA, LMFT CFC Division Manager


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DONOR SPOTLIGHT: LINDA AND FRANK DAMON When professional psychologist Linda Damon began working for CFGC in 1976, her work with children and families became her life-long passion. Along with her husband Frank, a retired attorney and active community donor and volunteer, Linda has consistently given generously to CFGC throughout the decades. Ongoing contributions from the Damons’ have expanded the reach of CFGC’s most crucial services, such as prevention and early intervention. Some of the Damons’ past donations included $5,000 and $10,000 matching gifts, which double the reach of funds received from throughout the community.

BOARD OFFICERS 2013-2014 Eric M. Book, Chair Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Melissa Broadwell, Vice Chair Matadors Community Credit Union Joyce L. Barkin, Treasurer Barkin, Perren, Schwager & Dolan, LLP

If you’re thinking about making a donation to CFGC, now is the time! For first-time donors, or donors who have not made a charitable contribution to CFGC in the last 3 years, your gift will do twice as much for the community! Thanks to this year’s “Damon Match,” a donation of any amount from new and lapsed donors will be matched by the Damons’...dollar for dollar! Just click here to make your donation now. No amount is too small, and no amount is too large either! Not a new donor? Thank you for your continued support!

Deborah M. Neal, Ed. D., Secretary Community Advocate


Ramon Escobedo, Jr. Napa Street School

More than 200 people filled the Starview Room at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on April 25th to celebrate CFGC’s 50-year history of providing mental health services to children and families. The evening was emceed by actress and CFGC Board member Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays Alexis Davis on the daytime drama, “General Hospital.” The event, called “Champions for Children,” featured children from CFGC. The kids and teens conveyed the significance of CFGC in their lives by sharing their personal successes, talents and stories of reaching goals that once seemed impossible. CFGC also recognized and honored community leaders who have shown exceptional commitment to making mental health care accessible to children and families in need. Proceeds from “Champions for Children” are supporting CFGC’s innovative mental health services and community programs that reach thousands of at-risk children and their families each year.

Shekhar Chikhalikar, ESQ SNC Law Office Linda Drescher Travelers Services of Southern California

Robert Garcia, Jr., ESQ Law Offices of Jeffrey C. McIntyre Nancy Lee Grahn ABC Television Eric M. Book, Chair & Reggie Scheer, Former Chair

Myles M. Mattenson, ESQ Karineh Moradian Kaiser Permanente Sari Scheer Community Advocate Valerie Vanaman & Deborah M. Neal, Ed.D., Secretary

Ken Teasdale LaRue, Corrigan, McCormick & Teasdale LLP Bonnie Weissman Kaiser Permanente Bill Winkelmann Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Honorees included: • Los Angeles Council Member Mitchell Englander • Kaiser Permanente • Revolution Foods founders Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey • Urban Designer Erick Rodriguez • Former CFGC Board Chairs Reggie and Joe Scheer • Child Advocacy Attorney Valerie Vanaman of Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman

Janice Kyser Community Advocate

Council Member Mitchell Englander & Eric M. Book, Chair

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WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE OUR GENEROUS DONORS January 15, 2013 - Jun 30 , 2013 Donors Mr & Mrs Herbert Abrams Dr & Mrs Jeffrey Adler Ms Beth Adolph All Action Security Mr Ronald E Altman Mr Hiran Amerasinghe Amgen Foundation Anonymous Mr & Mrs Eddard AparcioRomero Mr & Mrs Wayne Arak Mr & Mrs Thomas Asmar Mr & Mrs Alex Baghdassarian Ms Joyce Barkin Barkin, Perren, Schwager & Dolan, LLP Ms Barbara Jean Baum Mr & Mrs Morris Bekas Mr Bob Berland Mr & Mrs Leonard Bernstein Mr Derrick Blakley Ms Beth R Bloom Ms Terri Bloomgarden Mrs Janice Blumenthal Ms Aviva Bobb Mrs Rosanna Bogart Mr & Mrs Eric M Book Ms Tracie Bowdoin Ms Deborah Bowe Ms Geraldine Boyles Mr & Mrs Marshall Brauer Mr Peter Breslin Mr & Mrs Michael Bridge Mr & Mrs Bill Broadwell Mr & Mrs Jeffrey Broadwell Mr & Mrs Rob Broadwell Mr & Mrs Mal Brook Ms Shirley Brown Mr & Mrs James Brueggemann Mrs Mildred Bryson-Davis Mr & Mrs Richard Burns 6

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Ms Jodi Bynder California Community Foundation Ms Gwen Campbell Dr & Mrs Stanton Canter Ms Jennifer Carmona Ms Alexis Casillas Mr & Mrs Emelio Castaneda Mr & Mrs Abelardo Cervantes Mr and Mrs Daniel Chernin Mr & Mrs Ronald Cohen Ms Wendy Collie Community Health Charities Ms Alida Comtois Cresa Partners Ms Darla K Cunningham Mr & Mrs Frank Damon Erwin Diller & Molly Forrest Ms Arlene Dorn Mrs Linda Drescher Ms Kathleen Drummy Mr Armen Dumas Mr Jonathan Dunn Mrs Marilyn T Durbin E-Scrip Ms Kathy Fergen Ms Rachel Rae Finegood Mr & Mrs Raymond Freed Mr & Mrs James Galbraith Dr & Mrs Bruce Gale Mr Joseph Gambrell Ms Mary Beth Garber Mr & Mrs Robert Garcia Ms Lisa Garey Mr David German Ms Linda Gilbert Ms Valerie Gilpeer Debra Gold & Dr Peter Spitzer Mr & Mrs Rolf Gompertz David Gordon & Donna Schwarzbach Ms Nancy Lee Grahn Mr Steven Greenwald

Mr Earl Greinetz Ms Gaynor Grubbs Ms Carol Halperin Ms Katie Hamari Hamer Toyota Mr Colin Hay Mr Alvin J Hayes Mrs Phyllis Hayes Mrs Joan Haywood Health Net of California, Inc. Mrs Marion Hillman Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. Ms Marilyn Howard Dr Stephen Howard Hub International Insurance Dr & Mrs Richard Hunnewell Ms Sheila Irani Mr & Mrs David Jackson Ms Jennifer Johanson Mr & Mrs John Johnsen Ms Ebony Jones Kaiser Permanente Ms Diana Kalanz Mrs Judith Kaleko Lilli Kalmenson & Sid Rosenbloom Mr & Mrs Solomon Kamm Keiter Family Foundation Kenn Cleaners Mr Kaye Kiddoo KPMG Mr & Mrs David Kung Mrs Janice Kyser Mr & Mrs Randy Lapin LaRue, Corrigan, McCormick & Teasdale LLP Ms Hope Lash Dr & Mrs Joseph Lassman Mr & Mrs Victor LeBreton Mr & Mrs Adam Lerner Ms Elaine Levin Mr & Mrs Michael Levine Ms Michele Licht

M Donors Continued... Mr & Mrs Clifford Lindeman Mr Steven Lipton Ms Beverly Mrs Martha Livingston Ms Evelyn Lowe Mrs Tamra Lutzker Ms Norma Magee Ms Annie Mardonian Mr Roy Marshall & Eileen Lopez Ms Juliana Martinez Matadors Community Credit Union Mr Myles M Mattenson Ms Kelly Matthews Mr & Mrs William McAuley McCalla Company Ms Patricia McCaughan Ms Nicole McKeown Melaleuca The Wellness Co. Mr & Mrs Steve Miller Mr & Mrs Zelber Minnix Morgan Stanley Mrs Carolyn Morris Mr George E Moss Dr Deborah Neal Ms Susan Ng NHBB NH Ball Bearings, Inc. Mrs Caroline Novack Ms Karen O’Riley Park Parthenia Ltd. Mr & Mrs Mark Pash Dr Alpa Patel Mrs Ellen Pearlman Ms Jeanette Peevy Ms France Pelis Rio Phior & Tony Fisch Phoenix Trading Joy and Gerald Picus Mr Eli Pinder Ms Becky Proctor Ms Deborah Ramo Revolution Foods Sharon & Howard Richman Ms Sharon Robinson

ISSION: CFGC empowers children and families to achieve health and wellbeing through innovative mental health services and community programs. Ms Judith Rothman Sagon Phior Ms Stephanie Ann Saliger Mr Bruce Saltzer Ms Elaine Scheer Mr & Mrs Joseph M Scheer Ms Sari Scheer Mrs Carol Scherzer Schrillo Family Foundation Ms Brenda Schwartz Dr & Mrs Louis Schwarzbach Mr & Mrs Gerald Shapiro Sherman Oaks Women’s Club Ms Carol Siembieda Mrs Sandra Sigman Mr & Mrs Charles Silverberg Mrs Bodil Sivertsen Mr & Mrs Charles Soter Mr & Mrs Steven Steele Mr & Mrs Keith Steinbaum Mrs Sandra Stuart Dr Diane Studna Ms Susan Talesnick Ms Susan Tam Mr & Mrs Michael Tandy Ms Rodney Taylor Mr & Mrs Kenneth Teasdale Ms Sandy Tilsen Mr & Mrs Duc Tu Selma & Manuel Udko Foundation United Way California Capitol United Way of Greater LA Mr David Vanaman Ms Valerie Vanaman Ms Donna Venezio Ms Carla Waddles Ms Kathaleen Warren Ms Jennifer Warshaw Ms Colleen Weigle Mr & Mrs Donald Weissman Mr & Mrs Herbert Weissman Kathy Welch-Torres Ms Bobbie Westil Mr & Mrs Alan Whitman Mr Charles Winkelman

Mr & Mrs Stephen Winston Mr & Mrs George Wolfus Mr Ryan Wunderlich Mr Keith Yamamoto Ms Patrice Yang Dr Maurice Zagha Mr & Mrs Alan Zeitlin Mr & Mrs Fred Zeleznick Mr & Mrs. Robert Zusman

12th Annual Women and Words Literary Conference

Celebrating Women’s Words and Their Wisdom To benefit - CFGC Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Olympic Collection 11301 W. Olymic Bloulvard West L.A., CA 90064 To purchase your ticket visit

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CFGC Summer 2013 Newsletter  

Volume 4; Issue 1 - We envision children and families flourishing in vibrant communities.

CFGC Summer 2013 Newsletter  

Volume 4; Issue 1 - We envision children and families flourishing in vibrant communities.