Families

County Reorganizes Commission on Children, Youth and Families

The first step to reorganizing the Commission on Children, Youth and Families (CCYF) was taken Tuesday when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to begin the dissolution of the organization and the establishment of a new Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC).

The first step to reorganizing the Commission on Children, Youth and Families (CCYF) was taken Tuesday when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to begin the dissolution of the organization and the establishment of a new Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC).The proposal would shrink the commission from 45 members to nine and return the organization to its core mission of the prevention and treatment of child abuse cases. The move would also eliminate any perceived conflicts of interest created by such a large board overseeing the spending of the County Children’s Trust Fund monies.

The Board of Supervisors established the San Diego County CCYF in 1986 to provide a leadership role in identifying and addressing the needs of children, youth and families who are either at-risk or in foster care or probation. In the decades since its creation, the Commission has grown in scope and size with a broad focus on issues affecting children and families in San Diego County.

In response to a request from the Board of Supervisors, the County Health and Human Services Agency reviewed the structure and functions of CCYF and determined the elimination of the commission in its current form was necessary. The new smaller CAPCC will better streamline services for children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The next step will be to return to the Board of Supervisors with proposed changes in March.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact