Programs at Five Acres

Five Acres Programs for Children and Families

Permanency | Community Based Services

Community Based Specialty Services

Residential | Private Health Care

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Taking care of your emotional health is just as important during this difficult time. Five Acres is ready to help.  We provide therapeutic services via telehealth in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language to help children and families cope during this difficult time. Telehealth is safe, secure, and an easy option to connect with our trained professionals. Please call or text (800) 696-6793 or email to find out more.

Permanency – Foster Care and Adoption

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 strengthens existing families and works tirelessly to find loving, permanent families for children 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 Amanda Miller, Recruiter and Trainer: | 626-214-0465

Community Based Services

Five Acres’ Community Based Division’s mission is to provide prevention and early intervention services (mental health, rehab, case management and TBS) to children, adolescents, experiencing risk factors or stressors which cause impairments in their homes, schools, relationships, and communities. We provide family-centered and family-strengthening services that are embedded in communities, culturally sensitive, and include collaboration with other support systems. By doing so, we assist in transforming families and communities through reciprocity and asset development based on impact-driven and evidence-informed approaches with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening children and families. Our goal is to build on our client’s and family’s protective factors and skills and increase their support within their communities.

Five Acres Community Based Division understands the importance of providing mental health and behavioral health services to children, youth and families.  Children may experience violence, bullying or other traumatic events that impact their well-being.  Five Acres helps strengthen children and their families by providing comprehensive psychological support services in the home, school, community or office setting.

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) is an intensive individualized, one-on-one, short-term intervention for youth up to age 21 who experience serious emotional/ behavioral challenges. TBS helps youth learn new ways of reducing and managing challenges and enables their future success at home, school and in the community.  Our services are provided in your home, your child’s school, or community setting.  TBS provides services when and where they are needed to make lasting changes.

Mental Health Services

Five Acres offers individual therapy, family therapy and parent/caregiver support. We provide these services in our offices, your home, your community, your child’s school or via telehealth.  We also offer medication assessment and management, psychological testing, case management and rehabilitation services.

Medication Assessment/Management

Our medication assessment and management is conducted by board certified psychiatrists who understand the unique needs of children and adolescents.  These services are available at Five Acres’ Altadena, Pasadena and West Covina locations.  We also offer telemedicine services.

For more information about our Therapeutic Behavioral Services program, please contact Laura Cervantes: | (626) 993-3139 | Fax: (626) 398-8590. To refer a client for TBS, please complete and submit this form to Laura Cervantes.

For more information about our mental health services, please contact Diana Mondragon: | (626) 214-0402 | Fax: (626) 398-8590. To refer a client for mental health counseling, please complete and submit this form to Diana Mondragon.

Community Based Specialty Services

Five Acres’ Community Based Specialty Division (CBS) Five Acres’ Community Based Specialty (CBS) Division offers several specialty programs including Deaf Services, PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), Wraparound, Foster Family Program and services at Pasadena Mental Health Center. While our CBS staff are able to provide traditional mental health services, we also focus on providing specialized preventative and early intervention services to keep children safely in the home, facilitate family reunification, prevent the need for out-of-home placements and improve the overall quality of life for the children and families we serve. CBS serves all ages, youth to adult. Our specialty programs include:

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT therapists teach parents the skills necessary to manage their child’s severe behavior problems. Parents are coached and practice specific skills during therapy until they master them and their children’s behavior improves.


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

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. Learn more.

Full Service Partnership, Intensive Field Capable Clinical Services (IFCCS)

A team-based approach providing locally based community support systems to help children and their families continue to thrive. IFCCS is designed to build the strengths of children, youth, and their families and thereby preserve the family’s integrity and decrease inpatient hospitalizations, out of home placement, and/or placement in juvenile detention centers.

Foster Family Program

Our foster family mental health programs provides mental health services specifically for children and families in foster care.  These services focus on strengthening families through permanency, safety, and well-being.

For more information about our Wraparound, please contact Wendy Gutierrez: 626-993-3127

For more information about our IFCCS, please contact Wendy Gutierrez: 626-993-3127


Five Acres’ Residential Division 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.

Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)

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.

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.

STRTP Aftercare Program

During a child’s stay in the STRTP, individualized aftercare services are planned for the child and family to ensure a smooth transition home. The Aftercare Program provides mental health services to these children leaving the STRTP to support in a successful transition and continue on the pathway of permanency.

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

Private Health Care

Five Acres partners with private health care organizations across Southern California to provide access to intensive services for children with the goal of maintaining them safely in their own home and community. Through our care, we help lower the child’s risk of psychiatric hospitalization and prevent the need for out-of-home congregate care placements.

For more information or to locate a Five Acres Private Health Care service location near you, please contact Karina Ramos: | (626) 214-0391.

If you are a hospital or private health care organization interested in providing these services to your patients, please contact Edwin Quiles: