What to Expect When Contacting FOR Families

Q. Does FOR Families provide financial assistance?
If you are in need of financial assistance, we can offer a consultation either by phone or in person in order to better assess your needs and provide referrals to agencies we believe might be able to assist you.

Q. Does FOR Families provide therapy?
FOR Families does not provide therapy. Staff has an in-house list of therapist resources for referring program participants. These clinicians have been screened by FOR Families staff prior to being placed on the list.

Q. Do I need to have an appointment to meet with FOR Families? 
Appointments are preferred to ensure staff availability. To make an appointment, email forfamilies@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-6650. Email and phones are monitored during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For 24/7 assistance, please visit the 24/7 Hotlines page. For a 24-hour crisis line, please call Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services at 877-727-4747.

Q. How much do services cost?
FOR Families services are free for those living in the City of Irvine.

Q. What happens during a consultation and how long does it take?
An individual consultation traditionally takes about one hour, depending on the issue. We first assess your needs and work together to develop a customized action plan by providing you referrals to local community agencies.

Q. What will I be asked when calling for an appointment?
When calling for an appointment with FOR Families, staff will complete an intake form over the phone asking you to describe your concerns or needs in some detail. This is in order to have a better idea of the type of resources you will need when you come in for your consultation.

Q. What happens after a consultation?
Participants are encouraged to follow up with FOR Families staff after making contact with the referrals provided to them to ensure that the resources were helpful. Otherwise, staff will contact you within two weeks after the consultation to see if you nee additional resources.

Q. What resources are on your website?
Visit cityofirvine.org/forfamilies for list of all resources, including information on housing, mental health, substance abuse, family violent, health care and more.

Q. How can I tell if I'm being abused?
Does the person you love:

  • Threaten to hurt you or your children?
  • Call you names or accuse you of having affairs?
  • Throw you down, or push, hit, choke, kick or slap you?
  • Say it is your fault if he or she hits you, then promises it won't happen again?
  • Demean you in public or keep you from contacting your family or friends?
  • Lose temper and destroy property?
  • Force you to have sex when you don't want to?

Just one "yes" answer means you're involved in an abusive relationship. If so, you're not alone and you have choices. The City of Irvine FOR Families program is here to help. Call 949-724-6650.