To obtain services from TIES for Families, parents must be adopting a child or children through Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and they must attend TIES PREP classes prior to having a child placed. The only exception is for families who live in the West Los Angeles area (Service Provider Area 5, SPA 5). They can be in any stage of the adoptive process, can have had their home study done by an FFA, and do not have to have taken the TIES Preparation sessions (see APSS section below). All referrals must be made through DCFS, but returning clients with a finalized adoption can self-refer.
To attend the nine hour TIES PREP classes, prospective adoptive parents attending Los Angeles County’s Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) must contact TIES for Families’ DCFS Liaison, Kimmey Howard (323-965-6125), to schedule participation. Classes are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
If you live in West Los Angeles and are adopting or have adopted a child from foster care, you may be eligible to receive TIES for Families services through DCFS’s Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS) program. APSS is a countywide program that provides case management, mentoring and mental health services to families that include a child or children adopted through Los Angeles County DCFS. You must be referred by your child’s DCFS social worker if the adoption is non-finalized or a Post Adoptions Services (PAS) worker (800-735-4984) if the adoption is finalized.
If you have any questions regarding eligibility of services or are having any difficulty obtaining a referral for TIES services, please contact our main clinic at 310-825-6110.