Children’s Medical Village

A medical home for foster children & other victims of violence.

Community-Based Assessment and Treatment Center (CATC) and Sexual Assault Center

CATC and Sexual Assault Center
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As part of our commitment to improving the quality of care for all victims of abuse and neglect, VIP pioneered the HUB and electronic medical tracking systems, which include a network of six health centers around Los Angeles County that respond to victims’ immediate needs and ensure a consistent level of care regardless of where the victim lives. Within this network, VIP has become the largest HUB, evaluating and treating over 60% of child abuse cases in the County. We continue to be the only 24/7 clinic for abuse and assualt within LA County and are the only center to integrate on-site mental health and case management services for children in distress and their families.

In 2014, the VIP CATC was recognized by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection of the County of Los Angeles as the only Hub providing the continuum of services needed to keep high-risk and foster children safe.

With this innovative and integrated system of care, VIP and its county partners are able to identify and track any child who has been brought in for suspected abuse, preventing them from getting “lost in the system.” VIP’s ability to work with the Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and Family Services in strengthening the child welfare system is what makes our public-private partnership with Los Angeles County a uniquely successful model.

Also located within the VIP CATC is the VIP Sexual Assault Center, which is internationally recognized as the standard of care for victims of sexual assault. The first sexual assault center to be established outside of the emergency room, the VIP Sexual Assault Center has medical experts available 24/7 to provide forensic and medical exams in calm, panic-free environment in order to help prevent victims from having to experience further trauma.

For more information, please call (323) 226-3961.

Services provided at the VIP CATC include:

  • Child Abuse Assessment and Forensic Exams
  • Follow-Up and Ongoing Primary Medical Care
  • Dental Care Clinic
  • Legal Advocacy Services
  • Medical and Mental Health Evaluations For All Patients
  • Specialty Medical Clinics (I.E. Radiology, Asthma, Diabetes, etc.)
  • Case Management and Linkages with Community-Based Resources
  • Adult Sexual Assault Assessment and Forensic Exams

Over 60% of child abuse cases in Los Angeles County are evaluated by our expert staff.

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER CLINIC

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VIP knows that some children are born different.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) represents individuals experiencing the full range of effects that can occur with prenatal alcohol exposure. As the largest in the nation, VIP’s FASD Clinic provides screenings, diagnosis, and trainings to thousands of children impacted by FASD and the caregivers who strive to help them succeed. Children who have FASD account for 5% of the population; that number is greater than those affected by autism. The rate of FASD within children in foster care is even higher.

Why is this important?

When a pregnant mother drinks, often before she realizes she is pregnant, the alcohol she ingests can have a significant impact on her baby’s brain. This change in the baby’s development often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as ADHD, and can lead to challenges with a child’s behavior, issues with a child’s development and executive functioning abilities, and potential learning disabilities.

Without a diagnosis and coping techniques, foster children who have FASD and the caregivers who look after them can get deeply frustrated by “behavioral problems” that are merely the child acting out the only way they know how. This disconnect between the child’s behavior and the biological rationale behind it often results in the child failing multiple foster family placements, leading to additional emotional trauma.

We support those who support the children

At our FASD Clinic, the focus is on awareness, diagnosis, and early education for the caregivers; for a child, the earlier the diagnosis, the earlier we can offer the appropriate support and resources required to promote the best outcome. Our goal is to equip both the child and their caregivers with the knowledge and skills to cope with FASD and ensure the child succeeds with his or her foster family.

To schedule an assessment of a child, or for FASD support services and classes, contact (323) 221-4134 ext. 150

Over 70% of children in foster care are affected by some type of prenatal alcohol exposure
60% of people with an FASD have a history of trouble with the law
50% of individuals have a history of confinement in jail or various types of treatment or hospitalization
79% of adults diagnosed with FASD had employment problems
94% had ongoing mental health issues

FASD Is 100% Preventable


Children who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) account for 5% of the population; that number is greater than those affected by autism.

Foster Care Centers & Youth Placement Stabilization
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Foster Care Centers

We understand that when children are pulled from their homes for suspected abuse, they are scared and seeking safety. That’s why VIP created our foster care centers, providing a safe space for children awaiting placement with a foster family, where they can receive medical and mental health assessments, along with hot meals, a warm place to sleep, toys to play with and books to read. This soft landing into their new reality has transformed the way children enter foster care, strengthening family placements and easing the emotional burden on families receiving children.

Youth Placement Stabilization Teams

Foster youth in Los Angeles are in crisis, failing multiple family placements and becoming vulnerable to homelessness, mental health issues, sexual exploitation, and drug use. These issues perpetuate the cycle of failed foster care placements and instability for these youth, often pushing them out to the fringes of society. Created as an urgent response to this crisis and an effort to break the cycle of multiple failed placements, our Youth Placement Stabilization (YPS) program is dedicated to ensuring that these high risk youth receive the appropriate attention and resources that they need to succeed while placed in foster care to rebuild their trust and hope in their community.

VIP’s YPS team works closely with a foster child or teen that has chronically failed placements and their caregiver for up to 60 days to ensure the success of the present placement by providing therapy, training the child or adolescent in social and coping skills, and linking the family to further community resources that will help to stabilize the placement. Through intensive care, VIP will be able to minimize the impact of multiple placement disruptions and the challenges they create, providing better, brighter outcomes for foster youth.

 VIP is the sole-source provider of YPS services in Los Angeles County.

Teen Clinic
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Teens within the foster care system face unique challenges.

With fewer foster families willing to adopt older teens, most youth find themselves trapped in a system that is ill-equipped to provide the necessary support needed to succeed. Foster teens, many of whom have been cycling in and out of the system their whole lives, can bounce between foster placements, ending up on the streets and at high risk for sexual exploitation, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

In growing our response to the urgent medical needs of teens in and transitioning out of foster care, VIP has developed the Adolescent Care and Transition (ACT) Clinic within the VIP Children’s Medical Village. The ACT Clinic serves as a teen-focused medical home for youth in and aging out of foster care, those discharged from Probation, youth with chronic illness, pregnant and parenting teens, and high-risk youth in the community.

For more information, please call (323) 226-3961.

Services at the Teen Clinic include:

  • Forensic/Medical Treatment and Subspecialty Services
  • Mental Health, Dental, and Nutritional Screenings
  • Advocacy Services and Case Management
  • Pre-natal Care/Obstetrics and Post-natal Care For Preganant Teens
  • Walk-In OB-GYN Clinic For Pregnancy Counseling and Pregnancy Prophylaxis To Prevent Additional Teen Pregnancies
  • Sexual Health Counseling To Prevent Risky Sexual Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • medical Home For Ongoing Care For Both Teen Parents and Infants
  • Parenting Workshops For Pregnant and Parenting Teens
  • Respite Care For Participating Teen Parents

A sexual assault happens every 107 seconds in the United States.

Intercollegiate Safe Center
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Started in 2014, the VIP Safe Center for Collegiate Sexual & Domestic Violence is the nation’s first intercollegiate sexual assault center, created to empower and advocate for college-aged victims of sexual assault who attend Los Angeles colleges and universities. Housed within the Violence Intervention Program’s Sexual Assault Center, the Safe Center seeks to combat campus sexual assault and domestic violence utilizing innovative collaborations between colleges and universities, local rape crisis centers, and VIP’s expert services. This multidisciplinary program provides multicultural, victim-centered medical, mental health, and on and off-campus advocacy services for victims and survivors of violence on college campuses.

For more information, please contact Hailey Jures at (323) 221-4134 x 222.

Infographics About Collegiate Sexual Assault:
Stalking on College Campuses
Intimate Partner Violence
Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Know Your Rights as a Sexual Assault Survivor
What You Need to Know About Title II