About Us

Foothill Family Service helps the San Gabriel Valley with family centers in Pasadena, El Monte, West Covina, Duarte, and Pomona.

Working with more than 22,000 clients and family members a year, our staff of more than 290 employees includes social workers, marriage and family therapists, early childhood therapists, parent partners, psychologists and consulting psychiatrists.

Our Mission

Foothill Family builds brighter futures by empowering children and families in our community to overcome challenges and achieve success in relationships, school, and work.

Rooted in caring since 1926, Foothill Family provides a broad range of community-based mental health and social services to at-risk children and families in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale, and Burbank. 

Members of our staff speak these languages:

  • English
  • American Sign
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cantonese


  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • 1926

    Founded in Pasadena by a key community volunteer, who passed a hat to raise funds to help needy families. Mrs. Josephine Marsh is the first director

  • 1935

    Provides casework services to 236 children and families

  • 1941

    Incorporates as the Family Service Society of Pasadena with Mrs. Harriet Huntington Doerr the first president

  • 1943

    Harriet Huntington Doerr wrote, "It has helped troubled families out of myriad dilemmas, so that instead of merely existing they could really live"

  • 1945

    Incorporates as a tax-exempt organization in the State of California Becomes a training site for USC graduate social work interns

  • 1947

    More than 500 WWII veterans are aided by the agency Services for teen parents and their babies are started with a $750 donation to help unmarried teenage mothers and "predelinquent" girls

  • 1948

    Elise de la Fontaine, well-known lecturer and writer in the field of social work, is hired as the Executive Director. The agency becomes a pioneer in the psychoanalytic approach to treatment

  • 1951

    Moves into the new Memorial building at 118 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena. Half of the building's cost came from bequests and the generous support of Alexander P. and Adelaide Hixon, both of whom served on the Board

    Mental illness was declared the No. 1 health problem in the U.S.

  • 1955

    Adelaide Hixon was elected as President of the Board and served two terms

  • 1965

    Family Service Society of Pasadena merges with Family Service Society of Temple City and Altadena Family Service. As a result of the merger, the name is changed to Foothill Family Service

  • 1975

    Becomes one of the first agencies to offer specialized programs in child abuse prevention and treatment Develops an innovative family-life camp to provide children and families with a therapeutic experience in the mountains

  • 1976

    50th Anniversary of Foothill Family

    Develops and implements Senior Services

  • 1978

    Purchases the Oak Knoll building from United Way to house clinical services

  • 1983

    Our Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program services are funded by the State of California under AB 1733/AB 2994

  • 1984

    Achieves accreditation from the Council on Accreditation

  • 1985

    Becomes one of the first agencies in California to provide the innovative Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP), a case management program for pregnant teens and teen parents

  • 1989

    Receives the American Medical Association Award for excellence in the intervention of teen pregnancy

  • 1991

    United Way dramatically reduces funding to all LA County agencies, including Foothill Family.

    Helen Morran-Wolf joins the agency as Executive Director

  • 1992

    Develops the innovative School-Based Counseling and Mental Health Program in the Garvey School District and at Willard Elementary school in the Pasadena Unified School District.

    Develops an innovative pre-school-based program in Pasadena serving children 0-5 and their families Provides crisis counseling to families affected by the Altadena firestorms

  • 1993

    Begins our Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention Program Receives a FEMA contract to provide crisis counseling, outreach and education following the Northridge earthquake

  • 1994

    Secures a contract to provide Cal-Learn, a new statewide case management program for teen parents who are receiving state assistance. Cal-Learn was promoted by Governor Pete Wilson because of its long-term cost effectiveness Expands our service area to the entire San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank
    Opens a family center in West Covina

  • 1996

    Launches two educational teen pregnancy preventive and family strengthening programs: Partners for Responsible Parenting and Future Visions

  • 1997

    Starts school-based counseling and mental health services at Mountain View School District in El Monte

  • 1998

    Secures a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to provide mental health services to eligible children and their families

    Purchases the site on Hudson Avenue behind Pasadena headquarters to house its growing services and starts development of a Foothill Family campus

  • 1999

    Receives the United Way Community Impact Agency of the Year Award for its multicultural services to the San Gabriel Valley children and families

    Becomes a founding partner in an innovative program in the Pasadena Unified School District to provide enriched school-based mental health services

    Expands school-based counseling services, using mental health and grant funds

    Secures a contract to provide CalWORKs Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

  • 2000

    Expands school-based counseling and mental health services to 40 schools in 5 school districts: Pasadena, El Monte City, Mountain View, Garvey and Temple City

    Awarded a State grant for a Domestic Violence Prevention Program

    Two board members, Lori Winters Samuels and Shannon Williamson, establish The Friends of Foothill Family as a support group for the agency. Shannon Williamson becomes the first president of the new group

  • 2001

    75th Anniversary of Foothill Family Service

    Secures funding to start two new early child development programs from First5 LA: Bright Start, a home-visiting program for teen parents, focusing on infant development, and Early ESTEEM, an innovative program that identifies and treats mental health needs of children ages 0-5 and their families and provides training to preschool teachers and childcare providers

    Successfully completes a capital campaign to develop a new Family Center in Pasadena, headed by Board Chair Frank Tranzow

    Opens a new Family Center in El Monte, purchasing and renovating a building, which greatly improves access for client families

  • 2002

    Starts school-based counseling and mental health services in the Hacienda-La Puente School District

    Fully implements the Early ESTEEM Program serving 195 pre-schools and childcare providers and many families with children 0-5

    Opens a new Home Office in East Pasadena

    Completes renovation of the Family Center in Pasadena to make the site more "family friendly"

  • 2003

    Demonstrates that our School-Based Counseling and Mental Health Program made statistically significant improvements in children's lives

    Expands school-based counseling and mental health services into the Mountain View School District

    Develops a pilot Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Program for Teens who are identified as having both mental health and substance abuse problems

    Launches the Campaign to Build Foothill Family's Future, headed by Board Chair J. Dale Harvey

  • 2004

    Expands children's mental health services in La Puente, West Covina, Baldwin Park and Covina in response to the sudden downsizing of a major mental health agency.

    Secures a new state grant to treat children who are victims of family and community violence

  • 2005

    Moves into a new Family Center in West Covina that doubles our space and greatly improves accessibility

    Starts Multidisciplinary Assessment Team assessments of children detained by the Department of Children & Family Services, with a specialty focus on children 0-5

  • 2006

    80th Anniversary of Foothill Family Service

    Secures a new contract to provide intensive Wraparound Services to very high need children and their families to move them into permanent homes

    Receives first appropriation through Congressman Adam Schiff to fund Future Success, a preventative program that helps high-risk teens graduate from high school, identify their goals, and plan for a successful future.

    Expands school-based counseling services into 64 schools

  • 2007

    Secures a new contract to provide Full Service Partnership Services to high-need children 0-15 and their families using Mental Health Services Act funding

    Awarded the certificate of re-accreditation through December 2011

  • 2008

    Opens new Family Center in Duarte

    Implements Hope and Home, founded by the Hilton Foundation, a program to serve children ages 0-5 and their young mothers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness — one of only three programs nationally

  • 2009

    Implements an electronic healthcare record system

    Starts providing Project AIM — an evidence-based practice to help at-risk teens stay in school and develop tools for their future

    10th Anniversary of The Friends of Foothill Family, a support group for the Agency, who have raised over $2 million to support the agency's work

  • 2010

    Secures new contract for a new Early Head Start Program, to provide home-based services to very high-need children ages 0-3 and their parents in El Monte, South El Monte, and La Puente

    Implements a School Readiness Program in Azusa through First 5 LA to help at-risk children transition successfully into kindergarten

    Begins TBS — Therapeutic Behavioral Services, an intensive mental health program that helps high-need children and teens manage some specific aspect of their behavior that is preventing them from functioning normally in the home or classroom

    Opens new Family Center in La Puente

    Significantly expands provision of evidence-based practices for children and teens to improve outcomes and maximize resources

  • 2011

    85th Anniversary of Foothill Family Service!

    We were selected to provide the Positive Youth Development program for teen parents, one 
    of only eight providers in the state

    Cal-Learn was suspended by the state for 2011-12 but through advocacy we secured First 5 LA funding for one year for a scaled-back program for one year

  • 2012

    Cal-Learn was restored statewide for the 2012-13 State Budget, through the year-long advocacy of Foothill Family Service and the other three Cal-Learn providers in LA County

  • 2013

    Opened an additional site in El Monte to house our Early Head Start and Wraparound Programs to meet the growing need for services in El Monte and South El Monte

    Secured additional funding to expand Early Head Start services in South El Monte, Rosemead and Alhambra
    Implemented ACCESS Redesign - same day access for clients in our DMH Program

    Helen Morran Wolf retires as executive director after more than 20 years of service and 
    Steve Allen joins Foothill Family Service in September 2013 as the new chief executive officer

  • 2014

    Awarded multi-million dollar Early Head Start Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion federal grant

  • 2015

    The agency refreshes its brand in preparation for its 90th anniversary. Now simply known as Foothill Family, the organization is identified by an updated tagline and logo, "Rooted in caring since 1926," paired with the Foothill Family tree.The logo represents the deep roots of Foothill Family's significant past, and the far-reaching branches to support a promising future for the agency and for the thousands of children and families it serves each year.

    Foothill Family opens improved and expanded family centers in Duarte and West Covina to help meet the region's growing demand for services in the eastern San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys

  • 2016

    90th Anniversary of Foothill Family!

    WorldatWork awards Foothill Family with the Work-Life Seal of Distinction in recognition for its outstanding commitment to employee engagement and work-life balance

  • 2017

    Foothill Family achieves national re-accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA)

    Foothill Family's Healthy Families America program earns national accreditation by Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America

    WorldatWork awards Foothill Family with the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for the second consecutive year, a mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in promoting effective practices to support and maintain the health of its employees

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