Five Acres Welcomes Chinling Chen as New Chief Program Officer of Prevention

Chinling Chen Five Acres CPOP

Chinling Chen, LCSW will re-join Five Acres as their Chief Program Officer of Prevention to keep families together and help prevent children from entering foster care.

[Los Angeles, Calif] October 9, 2018 – Five Acres is proud to announce Chinling Chen, LCSW, as the nonprofit’s new Chief Program Officer of Prevention. Chen will lead Five Acres’ programs in community-based mental and behavioral health care and help pioneer partnerships with other healthcare providers to help prevent family separation.

“In 2017, Five Acres split the Chief of Program Officer role to include a Chief Program Officer of Prevention,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres CEO. “With Chinling’s impressive background in preventative care along with the operational stability and fiscal vitality we’ve achieved this year, the timing is right to trailblaze more growth opportunities within our community to keep even more children and families together.”

Chen, who began at Five Acres in 2005, previously served as Five Acres’ Director of Community Based Specialty Programs and brings 17 years of experience in the child welfare and substance abuse treatment industries to her new role as CPOP. Before re-joining Five Acres, she served as Regional Vice President of Youth Services at Phoenix House, overseeing their California and Texas programs. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child and family services agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community – based counseling and support services, intensive residential care for foster youth, and foster care and adoption services. In 2017, Five Acres served over 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit for more information.