Five Acres understands children thrive with a fundamental sense of belonging. The pathway to permanency can be with the reunification of a birth parent, a relative or adoption by a foster-to adopt family.

Adoption & Adoption Promotion Support Services

Support through the adoption continuum

Foster Care & Intensive Treatment Foster Care

Training and certification for transitional families and support for children awaiting reunification or adoption

For more information call Ivon Favela, Recruiter and Trainer:  626-246-1728 or 909-293-7865

community based

The Community-Based Division understands the importance of providing services to children, youth and their families.  Children may witness violence in their home or community, be a victim of bullying, have trouble following rules at home or school, or suffer a traumatic event in their life. Whatever the challenges may be, our team of graduate level mental health and case management professionals are ready and willing to help.   We meet the needs of children and families by providing comprehensive mental health services in home, at school, community and office settings.   Our team of caring professionals will help your child develop skills, rebuild and restore relationships, and ensure that they reach their fullest potential.

For more information please call (626) 246-1712

community based – specialty

Five Acres Community Based Specialty Division comprises of five specialty programs:
Deaf Services; Family Preservation; Birth to Five; Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT); and Co-Occurring. This Division focuses on providing specialized, preventative, and early intervention services to support keeping children safely in the home, facilitate family reunification, prevent the need for out of home placements, and improve the overall quality of life for the children and families we serve.

For more information contact Sally Aintablian at

Pasadena Mental Health Center

The Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) was founded in 1965 by a group of mental health professionals and concerned community members to provide accessible and affordable mental health services in the diverse Pasadena area and surrounding communities. In 2013, PMHC merged with Five Acres – The Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles County. PMHC is currently a program in the Community-Based Specialty Division. Our services include individual therapy, family therapy, case management services, referral linkage, and parenting or domestic violence groups. Services may be provided in the home and/or at our office. Services may be offered free of charge (no Medi-Cal needed) or on a sliding fee for those who meet eligibility.

Sublease Information 

PMHC offers therapeutic office space for subleases in our beautiful Historically Designated two story craftsman building located in Pasadena. We have various furnished offices to choose from.  The building is equipped with a kitchenette area, bathrooms, waiting room, conference room and private parking area. We require a minimum of a two hour per week commitment for a year sublease.

Internship Information

PMHC offers a variety of internship opportunities for students.

For more information about PMHC, please call Wendy Gutierrez at 626-993-3132

therapeutic family services

Programs to mediate family crises with intensive intervention to interrupt the situation with targeted behavioral support

Therapeutic Behavioral Services

One on one intervention to keep families from engaging in crisis in the home


Team-based approach providing locally-based community support systems to help children and their families continue to

Grace Services for Domestic Violence


Provides intensive, temporary out-of-home care and therapeutic services for children & their families referred to Five Acres by the Department of Children and Family Services


Five Acres understands living outside the home and within residential care is sometimes the best place to support children with the reunification process. In some cases, trauma is as such, that no other place is suitable but with supervised treatment, to restore a child’s upbringing.

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The NPS is an intensive therapeutic learning environment for children K-10 with academic, emotional, behavioral and social challenges which are best addressed with an alternative educational setting.

For more information please contact Program Specialist Debbie Salas (626) 798-6793 x 2315.