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Commission on Children, Youth and Families - CCYF

CCYF Duties and Responsibilities

Facilities where this Service is offered:

The Commission has various committees through which most of its work will be conducted.

  • To serve as an information resource to the Board of Supervisors on issues related to children, youth and families.
  • To promote coordinated and collaborative efforts of public and private sector organizations engaged in services to children.
  • To facilitate a regional and integrated service delivery approach to the provision of children, youth and family services.
  • To develop and make policy recommendations to the Chief Administrative Officer and Board of Supervisors regarding children, youth and family issues and services.
  • To provide a regional public forum for the discussion of issues relating to children, youth and families.
  • To assist agencies and departments in the development of plans for services to children, youth and families.
  • To respond to requests from the Board of Supervisors to review issues relating to children, youth and families.
  • To assist appropriate departments in reviewing legislation relating to children, youth and family issues.
  • To promote efforts such as de-categorized, blended funding initiatives, and obtaining categorical funding waivers, to increase local flexibility in funding and programming decisions related to children, youth and families.
  • To promote prevention services and programs for children, youth and families.

Legislative Responsibilities

Designated Child Abuse Prevention Council

In June 2002, the Board of Supervisors designated the Commission as the designated child abuse prevention council effective July 2002. According to State of California Welfare & Institutions Code 18982 the specific mandates are:

  • To provide a forum for inter-agency cooperation and coordination in the prevention, detection, treatment, and legal processing of child abuse cases.
  • To promote public awareness of the abuse and neglect of children and the resources available for intervention and treatment.
  • To encourage and facilitate training of professionals in the detection, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • To recommend improvements in services to families and victims.
  • To encourage and facilitate community support for child abuse and neglect programs.

Youth Pilot Project (SB 1352)

In 1995, the Board of Supervisors designated the Commission as the Child and Family Interagency Coordinating Council to plan, implement, and monitor this initiative. Formerly known as AB 1741, this legislation allows the county to create a child and family services blended fund to support comprehensive, integrated services for high-risk, low-income, multi-problem children and families in alternative and innovative ways. In May 2001, the Commission submitted a revised strategic plan for SB 1352, which included several projects with a countywide scope.

Family Preservation and Support Program (Title IVB)

On September 27, 1994, the Board of Supervisors designated the Commission as the advisory body responsible for the planning of this program authorized and funded under Title IVB Subpart 2 of the Social Security Act. This program allows the County to operate coordinated community-based family support and preservation services, time-limited family reunification services, and adoption promotion and support services intended to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children and their families, particularly those who have experienced or are at-risk of abuse and neglect.

Interagency Children's Services (SB 997)

On December 6, 1994, the Board of Supervisors designated the Commission as the Interagency Children and Youth Services Council for the purpose of facilitating the integration of services as prescribed by the Presley-Brown Interagency Services Act. This legislation encourages the development of a comprehensive and collaborative service delivery system and offers fiscal incentives in the form of waivers and negotiated contracts to encourage collaboration. As the Interagency Children and Youth Services Council, the Commission provides support to San Diego's Healthy Start Consortium, which meets on a quarterly basis as a forum for information sharing and networking for Healthy Start sites and their staff.

Signs of Support

Initiated in November 1997, Signs of Support places advertising signs for local business on county vehicles. Revenue generated from this Program helps to pay for recreational and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children and youth residing in San Diego County. The Commission on Children, Youth and Families was designated as the advisory body to oversee allocation of the revenue received by Signs of Support until the program ended in August 2007.

  • In July 2000, the Commission allocated funds accumulated from 1998 through June 2000 in the amount of $26,055.12 to Polinsky Children's Center (PCC) for organized recreational athletic activities to enhance the PCC's sports program.
  • In October 2001, the Commission allocated FY 2000-01 funds in the amount of $14,380.08 to the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department's non-profit organization to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In May 2002, the Commission allocated FY 2001-02 funds in the amount of $11,938.20 to San Diego Parks Society to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In 2003, the Commission allocated FY 2002-03 funds in the amount of $11,657.78 to San Diego County Parks Society to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In 2004, the Commission allocated FY 2003-04 funds in the amount of $7,002.40 to San Diego County Parks Society to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In 2005, the Commission allocated FY 2004-05 funds in the amount of $39,850.08 to San Diego County Parks Society to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In 2006, the Commission allocated FY 2005-06 funds in the amount of $27,928.08 to San Diego County Parks Society to administer funds for sports and/or enrichment activity programs for eligible school-aged children.
  • In 2007, the Commission allocated FY 2006-07 remaining Signs of Support funds in the amount of $8,671.16 to San Diego County Parks and Recreation Society for Childhood Obesity Initiative "Prescription for Fitness Pilot Project."