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Santa Barbara County

Child and Family Services

Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect in Santa Barbara County

With offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, Casa Pacifica has been providing county-wide child and family services in Santa Barbara County since 2003: in-home, in-school, and in the community services to more than 100 children and families each day.  We respond to psychiatric emergencies involving children and youth and we partner with County agencies and other community-based organizations to provide support and treatment to the highest risk and most vulnerable children and youth in the County. 

Our philosophy of service delivery propels us to go to where families are, we do not require them to come to us. This “seeking” mode (rather than “waiting” in the office) highlights the importance we place on children and their families.  It values their time and resources and enables our staff to deliver services where needs occur and where interventions are best developed and implemented.  It also means we constantly partner with others to best serve youth.  We do not “silo” our services – all of our youth are seen as part of the larger context of family, school, and community.  Given this philosophy, we partner closely with local agencies, both government and private.  In particular, we have a history of strong and effective partnerships with Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services, the Department of Social Services, Probation, Special Education, schools, and local community-based organizations such as CALM, Family Services Agency, and Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center. 

Community-based programs in Santa Barbara County include:

Though the funding streams and program design differ among the programs, all are directed at the same goal: keeping children who are in jeopardy of “out of home” placement or hospitalization in their own homes and communities. 

Primary cities include:

    Hollister Ranch
    Hope Ranch
    Isla Vista
    Mission Hills
    Painted Cave
    Santa Barbara
    Santa Maria
    Santa Ynez

Kimberly Valenzuela, Director, Community Based Services - Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 319-7530
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