Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Improving children's mental health since 1924

Family Advocate - Access Center


The Family Advocate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing initial contact services to families via the Clinic's Walk-In services model. This position works in the Access Department to provide initial screenings, case management and mental health services for severely emotionally disturbed children and the family/caregivers who support them. The Family Advocate will also provide ongoing case managent services for outpatient mental health services. The Family Advocate works with various multi-disciplinary teams to provide initial screening as well as development, implementation and monitoring of a service plan for each client that identifies the client’s personal, social, emotional, mental health, education, physical and/or financial needs and goals. Reviews and collects information related to the client’s socio-economic history, treatment history, education history and other relevant data for the formulation of a service plan. Participates with staff in providing screening services to clients who attend the Clinic’s services, including completion of payor financial information (PFI’s) forms and other needed/assigned documentation. Attends case conference meetings to assist and participate in case disposition and follow-up. Mediates and advocates on behalf of the client to help him/her obtain and keep suitable foster care/housing, health care and mental health service, education/school services, benefit entitlements, etc. Searches the community and presents options for additional needed or desired services (ei., emancipation services; sober living opportunities; education enrichment; scholarships, grants or job training programs; age-appropriate social opportunities; parenting classes). Performs other duties as assigned as an active member of the treatment team.


The position requires a BA/BS in social work or related field OR a license as an LVN or LPT, with an emphasis in community mental health work; a valid CA driver license and insurable driving record to make home, school, job site/or other community-based visits to assist the client in living, learning and working successfully. Bilingual/Biliterate Spanish ability required as is a California driver license and a driving record insurable by the Clinic.