160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – After three decades of treating thousands of local families, the Child and Family Center is celebrating 30 years of providing mental health services to the community. In 1976, the center opened as St. Stephen’s Special School, assisting kids with emotional, learning and behavioral problems by helping teach parents the special skills they needed. The center evolved in 1985 into the Santa Clarita Valley Special Children’s Center when counseling services for teens and their parents were added, then eventually became the Child And Family Center. Today, the center has grown into the community’s leading provider of comprehensive prevention, early intervention, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for all ages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When we opened our doors 30 years ago, we had no idea that our small clinic would grow to be a major provider of mental health services for a quarter of a million people,” said Liz Seipel, the center’s director and co-founder. The staff includes counselors, child psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, family and child counselors and pre-school teachers. “Mental wellness starts from the very first stages of life, continues through elementary school, adolescence, young adulthood and into full maturity of an individual,” said Ari Levy, executive program services director. “The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child rings no truer than in the mental health field, where the support of caring individuals heavily contributes to a child’s mental well-being.” The center’s philosophy is that early intervention and guidance in a child’s development can prevent serious problems later in life. The center operates as a private, nonprofit corporation and is a certified Medi-Cal community mental health clinic. To learn more, call Cheryl Jones at (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3018.