Emergency Placement Center

In 2014, Maryvale opened the St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Placement Center for children 12 and younger who have recently been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment — children in the midst of crisis. The program provides short-term care in a specialized setting. Children receive immediate medical attention and educational and social-emotional assessments to assist Child Protective Services and the dependency court in making the best decisions possible as they plan for the child’s future care. These evaluations help ensure children are partnered with nurturing foster parents who understand the unique needs of each child and are trained to provide optimum care.


150x200-web-executive-portrait-hernandez.jpgAndrew Hernandez 

Emergency Placement Center Program Manager 

Andrew joined Maryvale in 2013 as a Lead Residential Counselor. In March 2015 he was promoted to Emergency Placement Program Supervisor. Prior to joining Maryvale, Andrew worked with youth as a Recreational Leader III for the City of Pasadena and as a residential counselor at Abbott House in South Dakota. He currently attends California State University, Northridge, where he is earning a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit/Public/Organizational Management.