Anita Ortiz

Anita Ortiz

As Human Services Director, Anita Ortiz is responsible for directing, supervising, and coordinating all programs and services of the Human Services Branch. She is responsible for supervising the implementation and operation of programmatic and administrative services while providing oversight and technical support to management staff.

Anita has over 12 years of experience in Child Welfare Services, including the roles of social worker, lead social worker, supervisor, manager, and division manager. Prior to joining Child Welfare Services, Anita worked at a foster family agency and as a program coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club. Anita served as a mentor for the College of Sequoias Puente Project from 2003 to 2016.

Anita is currently the co-chair for the Central Region’s Child Welfare Director’s Committee and a member of the Prevention Cabinet for the California Department of Social Services. Additionally, Anita is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University, focusing her teaching on social policy and social welfare courses.

Anita holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in sociology and an emphasis in education from the University of California, Riverside, as well as a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix.


Agency News

Local Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for COVID Recovery Funds

Local Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for COVID Recovery Funds

The County of Tulare invites local non-profit organizations to apply for one-time State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) for eligible project activities or programs that help Tulare County residents and the community respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency. The application period is now open and will remain open for 30 calendar days, closing on October 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

WIC Partners with Tule River Tribe, Helps Close Equity Gap

WIC Partners with Tule River Tribe, Helps Close Equity Gap

Over the last two years, the WIC program has undergone major changes to modernize its services. This modernization has enabled the program to enhance the services it provides to the community and find strategies that improve access and close equity gaps.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

On July 16, 2022, we in Tulare County will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages), text, or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.