The Unaccompanied Minors Program (UAM) serves youth ages 0-18 who have entered the United States from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador without an adult guardian. The Los Angeles Department of Mental Health established this program in response to the immigration crisis of 2014 when over 60,000 children immigrated alone into the United States.
Trauma responsive services are provided to the youth using Prevention and Early Intervention funding. Using two trauma-focused evidence based practices, cognitive behavioral therapy and seeking safety, this program aims to support youth as they process their trauma and helps them achieve a healthy level of functioning in their new home environment.
How does a child receive services from this program?
Referrals come through a collaborative relationship with legal aid agencies that specialize in working with Central American immigrants. Referrals may also come from other community agencies or can be self-referred.
How do I get more information?
Contact the Associate Director of Outpatient and TBS by email or call (323) 769-7179.