Family and Youth Intervention Updated: Apr 5, 2022

The Family and Youth Intervention Program's (FYIP) mission is to positively engage families and their children (ages 7-17), who are experiencing relationship and/or developmental challenges with an array of multidisciplinary intervention strategies that promote competent assets needed to thrive as successful families and young adults.

The Parent Project

Youth Development/Group
Through an educational case manager, develop an individual case plan that will be holistic, strengths based, provide coordination of integrated services, manage care and follow-up.

Community Service
This component aims to provide a positive community experience and to contribute to a child’s health development.  Program participants will be assigned to a variety of supervised community projects to learn responsibility, value of volunteerism, civic commitment as well as fulfill court mandates.  Referrals are encouraged by parents, schools, community agencies, City programs, law enforcement, and the youth themselves.

Diversity Program/ Chavez Event
This is an award winning component that focuses on educating and promoting cultural competence among students through speakers, workshops, and cultural programs.

SART-School Attendance Review Team
What is SART?
SART stands for Community School Attendance Review Team. SART was established by a cooperative agreement between the City of Santa Fe Springs, the Little Lake School District, Los Nietos School District, Whittier Union High School District, and South Whittier School District in order to cooperatively intervene and redirect student behavior which impedes progress in school and ultimately their citizenship in the community. SART is a level of intervention that can act as a intermediary between school, SARB, and the juvenile court; enabling all community/school/home solutions to be applied before referring the student to the District SARB, District Attorney, and/or the juvenile court.

Who is SART?
SART committee members consist of the Director of Community Intervention Services, a City Probation Officer, Whittier Police Department Detectives, an ACT District Attorney Representative, a City Clinical Social Worker, a City Community Intervention Specialist, School Officials, a School Nurse, and college interns.

SART Goals
SART members are dedicated professionals who hold the belief that every child in this community has a place in this world. Every child has a precious future which sometimes becomes confused, misguided, or lost. In these children, school is often times the only place to reach them, to let them know that someone cares. At the same time, each child must accept responsibilities, these responsibilities mean regular attendance and self control of their behavior.

How SART Works
Students are referred to SART for school attendance and/or behavioral problems. Local schools cooperating in the SART effort may take direct referrals after exhausting all school and community resources. The SART committee conducts its business as a hearing. Parent(s) along with child are required to be present. After a discussion with the school representatives, the parent(s), child and the SART committee, an attendance and/or behavior contract is signed by all parties. An integral part of SART's success is the weekly follow-up of this contract.

SART Non-Compliance Referral
If a student and/or parent does not comply with the contractual agreement, the SART committee has the authority to refer the case to the District SARB #23 and SARB #23A, the District Attorney's Office, or the Juvenile Probation Officer for violation of the contract.

The Law and How it Works
The State of California has a compulsory education law which states that all children must attend school, or an approved alternative, until they complete a high school education or attain the age of 18 years. There are no exceptions to this law which serves the best interests of children and families. Extended absences for personal matters, vacations, and other non-medically related reasons are not permitted under law. For medical reasons, a licensed physician, or other licensed health professional, must provide a written excuse for all absences. Chronic problems which are being treated such as asthma, allergies, and non-specific pain need medical documentation stating that this illness is not responding to traditional treatment or is so debilitating that the child cannot attend regular school.

City of Santa Fe Springs Daytime Loitering/Curfew Ordinance
Under Municipal Code 15-19.1, unsupervised students who are loitering during school hours are not subject to police detention. New emphasis is being given to enforcing the City's curfew ordinance (M.C. 15-19.1). Curfew hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:00 p.m. If a juvenile is found to be out of school or out past curfew, he/she will be returned to school or home by police officers and will be warned. On a second occurrence, the juvenile will be cited into juvenile traffic court and/or assessed a City service fee.