The ability to live a productive life – to love, laugh and achieve great things – begins in childhood.  Abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, and childhood trauma can derail a child’s potential. 

We are building healthy lives for children and families, free of abuse, neglect and violence. Join us!


Santa is collecting toys to make the holidays bright for 400+ abused and neglected children participating in For The Child services. There are 3 ways that you can join in to help our kids:


We are grateful for your support.

Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday season!

Michele Winterstein
Executive Director
For The Child

What is For The Child doing in response to the CoVid-19 Corona virus?

For The Child is dedicated to building healthy lives for children and families. We are taking important steps to support vulnerable children and our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19 (Corona Virus).  As a mental health agency, we are an Essential Service in the Health Care category of the Governor’s March 19 Shelter-at-Home order. This means that we are open and we are providing mental health care and support for vulnerable children and families during this crisis.

Our dedicated clinical team provides in-person crisis/urgent care through our Child & Adolescent Crisis Team. We are accepting new service referrals for MAT, Child Abuse Response Team follow-up for child crime victims, and other serious needs. Most ongoing, non-emergency mental health care is currently provided using phone or Tele-Health sessions.  Our Child Abuse Response Team (CART) is working with law enforcement and Forensic Nurse Specialists to provide in-person advocacy support to children during SART Team call-outs. 

Our Children’s Waiting Rooms (drop in childcare) at the LA County Superior Courthouses have been closed by the court until further notice.

We will closely monitor the recommendations from the Governor, LA County Department of Mental Health, local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control as this public health situation unfolds and any change in current operations will be posted on this website.

General Information

If you need Child & Adolescent Crisis Team/Urgent Services, call 562-422-8472 or the emergency number on our after-hours message.

If you have any general questions, please call 562-422-8472 and leave a message. One of us will call you back as soon as possible to assist you. 

During this time, most non-urgent services will be provided by telephone or by video chat.  If you are a new client needing services, or are a client currently participating in our services, here is what you need to know.

Interested in Services or to Make a Referral:

For the Child is providing some services in-person and some remotely.  If you are interested in services, please call our intake number 1-800-549-8343 ext. 4

Current Clients

Your therapist will be in contact with you by telephone to schedule a time for sessions.  You and your therapist can discuss the best way to continue your services in a manner that maintains health and safety for you and your family.


For current clients only, our psychiatrist is still available by phone and TeleHealth video conference. If you have questions about your child’s medications, please call our psychiatric case manager at 1-800-549-8343 ext 5


Here are some helpful links to support you and your family through this time:

Internet/Computer access for school children

Charter – Free Internet for 60 days for school children – 844-488-8395

Low Cost Internet/Computers for LBUSD students Application:

Education and activities, and Hand2mind.comScholastic – Free Teaching Resources

Food and Activity for Long Beach

ArtsLB – Resources for Staying Home

Stress Management 

Deep Breathing Activities

One Child's Story

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