Programs at Five Acres

Five Acres Programs for Children and Families


Five Acres believes children thrive and heal best within healthy, permanent families. The pathway to permanency can include reunification with a birth parent, a relative or adoption by a foster-to-adopt family. To help families on their journey, Five Acres provides two critical programs:

Adoption & Adoption Promotion Support Services

Five Acres works to strengthen existing families and works tireless to find a loving, permanent family for any child in need. Our team supports families throughout the adoption process as well as during post-adoption.

Foster Care & Intensive Treatment Foster Care

For those who have a heart for children in foster care, Five Acres offers training and certification for transitional families and support for children awaiting reunification or adoption.

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For more information about our Permanency program, please contact Ivon Favela, Recruiter and Trainer: | 626-246-1728 or 909-293-7865

Community Based Services

Five Acres’ Community Based Services understands the importance of providing services to children, youth and their families. Children may witness violence in their home or community, be a victim of bullying, have trouble following rules at home or school, or suffer a traumatic event in their life. Whatever the challenges may be, our team of graduate level mental health and case management professionals are ready and willing to help. We meet the needs of children and families by providing comprehensive mental health services in home, at school, community and office settings. Our team of caring professionals will help your child develop skills, rebuild and restore relationships, and ensure that they reach their fullest potential.

Therapeutic Behavioral Services

Provides short term intensive behavioral interventions for children and families who need support in addition to mental health treatment.  Our services are provided in the home, school, community and residential treatment facilities.


Team-based approach providing locally-based community support systems to help children and their families continue to thrive.

For more information about our Therapeutic Behavioral Services program, please contact Laura Cervantes: | (626) 246-1712

For more information about our Wraparound Services program, please contact Karina Ramos: 

Community Based Specialty Services

Five Acres’ Community Based Specialty Division focuses on providing specialized, preventative and early intervention services to children and families. Together we work to keep children safely in the home, reunify separated families, prevent the need for out-of-home placements and improve the overall quality of life for those we serve. Our specialty programs include:

Deaf Services

The only program of its kind in Los Angeles, Five Acres Deaf Services provides community-based counseling and mental health services to deaf individuals and their families.

Birth to Five

This evidence-based program teaches parents useful skills to deepen their parent/child relationship and decrease their child’s behavioral issues.

Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)

Our MAT program works in tandem with other government organizations to link newly detained children and families to critical resources when they need them most.

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For more information about Five Acres Deaf Services, please contact Amy Kay: 

For more information about Birth to Five or our Multidisciplinary Assessment Team, please contact Sally Aintablian:

Five Acres behavioral health programs

Pasadena Mental Health Center

The Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) offers affordable individual and family therapy, case management, referral linkage and support for parents and victims of domestic violence.

Grace Services Domestic Violence Support

Offered as a service under the Pasadena Mental Health Center, our Grace Services program works with women and children who have been affected by emotional, physical, financial or sexual abuse. Services offered include support and empowerment groups, individual therapy and case management services to help families find support.

For more information about the Pasadena Mental Health Center or Grace Services Domestic Violence Support, please contact us at 626-798-0907


Five Acres’ Residential program provides intensive, temporary out-of-home care and therapeutic services for children and their families referred to Five Acres by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Residential Treatment

Every child should be raised by a loving family. However, when a child experiences acute trauma at home, living outside the home and within residential care is sometimes the best place to support children and families during the reunification process.

Five Acres’ residential cottages provide a safe, supervised space to restore balance to an impacted child’s life.  The Residential Division strives daily to connect children who are lacking family connections to a loving home.

Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program

Five Acres Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program is structured and staffed to serve children who have experienced an emotional disturbance and who cannot be served at home or in a suitable family setting.

For more information about our Residential program, please contact Danie Devine, Intake Coordinator: 626 798-6793 ext. 2260

Five Acres School

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Five Acres School is an intensive therapeutic learning environment for children K-10 with academic, emotional, behavioral and social challenges which are best addressed with an alternative educational setting.

For more information about Five Acres School, please contact Debbie Salas, Program Specialist: 626-798-6793 ext. 2315