Kids & Teens

Kids & Teens

Kids and teens are an important part of any community, and Tulare County HHSA is committed to supporting the health, education, and overall well-being of our children. Join us in encouraging today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders.

Adoption
Adoption

Adoption also provides a child with a permanent family. This page provides information on how to engage in the adoption process.

California Children's Services (CCS)
California Children's Services (CCS)

California Children's Services program assists families when they are unable to pay for their child’s medical needs and if they have a qualifying medical condition.

Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)
Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)

The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program provides no-cost health checkups to children and youth from low-income families.

Child Welfare Services
Child Welfare Services

Assists families in providing preventive services when health and safety issues occur. CWS is dedicated to helping families achieve safety and stability, making sure children are protected from abusive and potentially harmful situations, and ensuring families in our system receive the services they need.

Child Welfare Services Family Advocate
Child Welfare Services Family Advocate

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) Family Advocate provides assistance to families involved in the CWS system. This may include birth parents, children, relatives, and resource families.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to prevent the damaging effects of lead poisoning. We can provide home visits, environmental home inspections, and nutritional assessments to families of children with severe lead poisoning.

Children of Promise Project
Children of Promise Project

Improving grades and attendance, managing emotional ups and downs, and remaining or becoming drug-free are challenges often faced by youth and adolescents. The Children of Promise project helps middle and high school-aged children overcome these challenges and get their lives on track for success.

Cultural Competency
Cultural Competency

Tulare County’s Mental Health Plan is dedicated to promoting and delivering cultural and linguistic competency activities across the Tulare County Mental Health System of Care.

Foster Youth Resources
Foster Youth Resources

As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them.

Immunizations
Immunizations

To help Tulare County parents make sure their children get all the immunizations (shots) they need and at the right ages, the Immunization Program provides vaccines to children whose parents or guardians cannot afford them.

In-Home Parent Education
In-Home Parent Education

In the convenience and privacy of your own home, or at your local Family Resource Center, you can learn more about how to cope when problems arise and how to deal with a child’s disruptive behaviors before they become problems.

LGBTQ Youth Resources
LGBTQ Youth Resources

Tulare County partners with The Trevor Project to provide a 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in crisis, as well as for their family and friends.

Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)
Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)

The Local Oral Health Program's (LOHP) mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians through prevention, education, and organized community efforts.

Mandated Reporting
Mandated Reporting

To make a report, a mandated reporter must contact the appropriate local law enforcement or county child welfare agency, listed on this page. 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy emphasizes the relationship between you and your child. You will learn skills that will help you provide the type of support, guidance, and nurturing your child requires, while also helping you to develop a stronger connection with your child.

Pregnant & Parenting Teens (Cal-Learn)
Pregnant & Parenting Teens (Cal-Learn)

Cal-Learn is a statewide program aimed to assist pregnant and parenting teens who receive CalWORKs in completing their high school diplomas or equivalent.

Presumptive Transfers
Presumptive Transfers

A “presumptive transfer” establishes a prompt transfer of responsibility for arranging specialty mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which a foster child resides.

Reducing Preschool Expulsion
Reducing Preschool Expulsion

The Reducing Preschool Expulsion program provides services for children whose disruptive behavior puts them at risk of being expelled.

Reporting Child Abuse
Reporting Child Abuse

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-331-1585; operators accept calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Resource Family Approval
Resource Family Approval

If you are interested in becoming a resource family, our friendly staff will answer all your questions and help you gather the necessary information to take this important step in your life—and in the life of one or more children.


Agency News

Stepping Forward With Giant Threads

Stepping Forward With Giant Threads

Not every student can afford to buy new professional attire for a job interview. The Giant Thread mobile trailer provides College of Sequoias (COS) students free professional business clothing for a job interview, job fair, networking event, or new job. 

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

HHSA is honored to announce that our very own Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught, and Public Health Director, Karen M. Elliott, have been awarded the Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health for 2021 by the California Department of Public Health.

Do You Know About CarePortal

Do You Know About CarePortal

In every community, there are children and families at a point of crisis, who need help. In those same communities, there are churches and people who care and want to take action. But they need a connection point. That is where the CarePortal comes in.

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.