Partnership for Families (PFF)

Latino family walking outdoors with young children Having a partnership between parents and professionals during pregnancy and in the early childhood years can make an enormous difference in a child's and a family's future. Supportive home visiting can:

  • Improve coping skills and reduce feelings of stress and isolation families may feel
  • Promote positive parent-child relationships and secure attachments
  • Help children grow up to be healthy and successful
  • Ensure that families get the support they need

By working within the context of the family and their community, PFF mental health therapists work with families to address their needs, build on their strengths and develop a family-driven action plan to meet their goals.

Services start with a complete evaluation of the family's needs, including social supports, parent-child interaction, developmental stimulation, behavioral concerns, and family strengths and stressors.

Action planning

Working closely with in the family, PFF professionals provide services and linkages to needed resources for the children and the family to meet their identified needs.

Stronger communities

PFF has developed a network of local partnerships between and among service providers and groups. These partnerships are coordinated, accessible and responsive to the unique needs of the children and families we serve.

Our Services

Partnerships for Families services are free and include:

  • Regular home visits to provide parenting support and child development information
  • Individual, family and couples therapy to address postpartum mood and anxiety, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and family violence
  • Family activities to promote positive family relationships
  • Help with basic needs (food, infant items)
  • Connections to community resources and agencies

The PFF program is designed to assist families for an average of six to 12 months, based on a family's needs.

Who We Serve

  • Overburdened families with young children referred by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Pregnant women or teens, self-referred or referred by a community agency, who are coping with any of the following: postpartum depression or anxiety, domestic violence, stress/mental health issues and/or substance abuse challenges

Fees and Funding Sources

These services are free to those living in the following qualifying ZIP codes: 90024, 90025, 90034, 90035, 90045, 90049, 90056, 90066, 90067, 90073, 90077, 90094, 90210, 90211, 90212, 90230, 90232, 90263, 90265, 90272, 90291, 90292, 90293, 90401, 90402, 90404, 90405. 

Funding sources for the Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Department of Children and Family Services, City of Santa Monica and private donations.

Support Us

To give online:

  • Go to Saint John's Health Center Foundation
  • Choose an amount to give
  • From the middle of the page, click on drop-down menu for designation and choose CFDC - Under Resourced Family Needs

To give by mail, send a check to:

Saint John's Child and Family Development Center
1339 20th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Attention: Donations

Please indicate on the notation line of your check: Partnership for Families
Please provide us with your contact information so we can send you a thank you note and charitable donation letter.

Contact Us

For more information and referrals please contact:

Evangeline Bishop, PsyD: 310-829-8153