I’ve been finding my way to Crittenton Services for the past twenty-five years. My career has taken me from Texas to the Pacific Northwest and now to Southern California. It has led me from the U.S. to international locales and back home again, proving time after time that the needs of children and their families are constant and common. Relationships can cause pain, but they are most often the source of hope and strength. Through relationship, we can heal.
I am excited to join Crittenton, an organization dedicated to the healing of trauma, to the strengthening of families, and to helping each other achieve our full potential. In my first few days, I’ve discovered a team of coworkers, volunteers and donors who find their purpose when investing in the lives of others.
The work of child welfare can be daunting, as we are often called on to face the worst of humanity’s failings. In April, we bring attention to the problem and challenges of child abuse and identify how each of us must take action to prevent it. This involves wading in to the messy aspects of relationships, facing the hard truth of abuse and neglect, and attempting to change a system that often feels stacked against the vulnerable. Truly, this is daunting stuff.
However, I find so much promise in stories of resilience. There is profound sense of belonging found at a fostering family’s dinner table. There is felt safety established through shelter services. There is reconciliation and strength in the programs that offer supports for families to remain intact. Trust and confidence is built with help from mental health services. These are the stories told daily at Crittenton, and they are my consistent source of encouragement.
This community has built an organization where the vulnerable find help to achieve their full potential. This mission is important, and we are all called to this common purpose. So I thank you for your commitment to this work and invite you to continue with us as we show up for our neighbors each day. Crittenton is an agency I am proud to join and am humbled to lead.
Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a nonprofit child welfare and mental health organization whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966, Crittenton has an experienced and dedicated workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive mental health services, shelter care, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a continuum of care programming effort that includes short-term residential, family preservation, integrated behavioral health, wraparound services, outpatient mental health, school-linked mental health, transitional age youth programming, and foster care services with a service plan area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.