About & History
The Whole Child formerly known as Intercommunity Child Guidance Center is one of the oldest private nonprofit mental health contractors in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1957 by concerned community members of the Whittier Coordinating Council, the agency’s mission is to give children of all ages the skills, support and security they need to build emotionally healthy lives and become caring, responsible adults. The agency changed its name to “The Whole Child”, honoring its 55-year legacy of helping underserved and under-represented infants, children, and their families achieve “wholeness”. The new name better conveys our philosophy that not only does every child matter, every aspect of the child matters. Our commitment to children includes their parents, whom we empower to create nurturing families. Together we enrich our community and our world. The Whole Child provides comprehensive mental health services, parent enrichment and housing services to over 8,000 children and their families annually at their five (5) locations. Throughout its history, the Agency has been a leading advocate on behalf of at-risk children, innovating and expanding best practices, raising awareness, and aligning systems to benefit children and their families. The Whole Child focuses on children ages 0-21 years and their families in high-risk communities throughout Southeastern Los Angeles County. Families may require The Whole Child’s professional services in the event of loss of a parent, traumatic home life, sexual abuse, emotional health issues, homelessness or a wide range of other negative situations.
The Whole Child is an established leader in the field of children and youth emotional health, offering a comprehensive, coordinated spectrum of highly respected “services without walls” that are provided wherever needed—at The Whole Child Center and its outreach clinics; at area hospitals; at 9 local school districts (27 area schools), and in client’s homes. Under contracts with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA), First 5 LA, Safe Schools Healthy Students, various cities and private foundations, services include: Outpatient Mental Health; Medication Assessment and Management; Psychological Testing; Individual, Family and Group Psychotherapy; Crisis Intervention; Family Preservation; Crisis Intervention Program; Specialized Foster Care Services; School Based Services; Suicide Prevention and Intervention; Sexual Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment Services, Parenting Education; Intensive Home-based Services for the entire family: Full Service Partnership; MAT Multidisciplinary Assessment Team; PAT Parents as Teachers; and, Early Attachments Infant-Toddler Center targeting children 0-5 years.
Our mission is to give children of all ages the skills, support and security they need to build emotionally healthy lives and become caring, responsible adults.
Our commitment to children includes their parents, whom we empower to create nurturing families. Together, we enrich our community and our world.
We envision a society that embraces children as its most precious resource and that is actively committed to their safety, emotional well-being and ability to thrive at home, school and play.