Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Community Resources

This is a list of comprehensive resource guides covering a wide range of topics. Some guides are specifically for a particular group, such as parents, others have resources for everyone living in a community. If you know of a guide not listed please let us know by emailing

Breastfeeding Resource Directory:

Children’s Home society (CHS) of California Resource Guide: “There are a number of Web sites that offer reputable information on children’s issues. Here are links to a few select organizations and resources that may be particularly helpful to parents, caregivers, child care providers, and other professionals working with children and families. Topics includ: early childhood education, professional development for child care providers, child care licensing, children’s health and safety issues, and much more.”

Crime Survivors Resource Guide CSResourceGuide-LA-1 “Crime Survivors is committed to serving our community by being an advocate and resource for crime victims and their families. If you don’t know where to turn, or are confused or frustrated with the public services that are available to you as you recover or seek justice, Crime Survivors can help. Our web site will provide information; resources and tools that will help you become a “Survivor”.”

CSUN Community Services Guide – includes Alzheimer’s Association, services for disabled and special needs, LiveScan fingerprinting services, and more.

Department of Developmental Services Early Start Program “The Early Start Program is California’s response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide.” Also, see “Early Start” Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources

Department of Mental Health Home page (LA County), Mental health resources for consumers and providers: see left side of page for listings.

“Directory of Community Resources in the San Fernando Valley and the Greater Los Angeles Area” (very comprehensive):

“Early Start” Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources California’s response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide.”

Equity California: LGBT Health and Human Services Network:…/k…/Network_Members.htm

Foster & Kinship Care Resources – Casey Family Programs adults and children / foster and kinship care:

Health & Dental: PTA Health and Dental Clinic: Dental Health and Vision services for all students within LAUSD.

Health & Dental: District PTSA covers San Fernando Valley, Tujunga, and Sunland areas.

Homeless Shelter Directory See also Women’s Shelters.

Human Resources Directory: offers employment website links to browse for employment agencies, career planning, job fairs, recruitment and staffing, resumes and portfolios and job search.

Independent Living Program Online: Includes information for Transitional Youth: More resources on left side of screen.

KidsGuide - “”Kidsguide magazine is a FREE bi-annual guide to local activities and services in and around Southern California for kids, teens and families. Its pages are filled with thousands of direct services, activities and events that active families can use everyday and refer to throughout the year!”

Los Angeles County Directory of Information & Services: Very comprehensive

LAUSD School Safety: Partners and Resources:

LA County Physical Activity Resource Parks, walking/hiking trails, tennis courts, horseback riding, swimming, boating, self-defense classes and more fun stuff to do with your family. This is for SPA2 San Fernando Valley / Santa Clarita / Burbank and surrounding areas. For other SPA’s change the number “2” in the URL to the SPA area number of your choice.

National Association of Gifted Children: Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.

National Alliance of Mental Illness Resource Guide:

Parenting Resource Directory: This Parenting Resource Directory was designed to provide a listing of referral resources for care providers in the community. This guide covers the entire LA County area (Service Planning Areas 1 through 8)

-The People’s Guide – To Welfare, Health, & Other Services (LA County). Share with all who work in or need resource. The People’s Guide gives practical information about how to get food, money, and other help from government programs and community services. The Home Page of the People’s Guide has a table of links to the various language versions, an order form which includes a report of the current availability of each version, a brief questionnaire, and a menu bar to return you to the home page of our web site “,” or to our “free food” directory of emergency food pantries and similar services. The Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness and our predecessors have been revising and updating “The People’s Guide to Welfare, Health and Other Services” for 25 years.

Perinatal Depression Resource Guide San Fernando Valley, CA: “During the 2007 Maternal Depression Seminar, our Network informed us of the need for a guide in Maternal Depression in order to have providers connect with services and make referrals to adequately serve their clients… Of the 207 agencies contacted, 71 agencies provided care for maternal depression and the results are included in this guide.”

Pregnant and Parenting Housing Programs: Covers all of LA County.

Pregnant & Parenting Teens – Your rights and resources to help you

Rainbow resource directory: Very comprehensive resource guide to services in Southern California. See Rainbow Resource Addiction Recovery Guide below.

Rainbow Resource Addiction Recovery Guide “This site lists over 4,000 Southern California addiction services for those needing assistance with drug, alcohol, or other dependency.”

Seniors: See “Senior” Page on Jackie’s List

Special Needs – Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center CSUN – “Our mission is to serve families of children with special needs, and the professionals who work with them.”

Special Needs – HaMercaz: Special Needs Resource Guide & Pages (links to both) . A Community of Support for Families Raising Children with Special Needs. The Federation’s HaMercaz program offers ongoing assistance, advocacy, and support for Jewish families and children with special needs and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, and cerebral palsy, from birth to age 22. Ha mercaz means “the center” in Hebrew.

Special Needs: Parent-to-Parent Resource Directory Organizations
For Children with Special Needs and Children with Special Health Care Needs In Los Angeles County:

Special Needs – “Wrightslaw – Special Education Law & Advocacy” Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. It’s FREE. Check it out:

USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (at Children’s Hospital LA) is a nationally recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental, and/or special health care needs and their families.

Valley Care Community Consortium Triennial Needs Assessment: – Great data for grant writing and other applications.

Valley Non-profit Resources (VNR): “ “…Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles….”

VETERANS: National Resource Directory: The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Western Center on Law & Poverty Resources listed on right under “importan links.” “Western Center fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians.”

Women’s Shelters - Women’s Shelters& Resources “Search through our free list of women’s shelters including homeless, battered women’s shelters and other women’s resources for needy women. We are constantly searching for more and better resources for women in need.”

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