What is the Children's Services Act?
The Children's Services Act (CSA) is a state law that establishes a state and locally shared fund for the purchase of services for at-risk youth. The CSA is administered locally through county-operated units. Loudoun County's CSA Unit is based within the Department of Family Services (DFS).
The services that are typically funded by the Loudoun CSA are for behavioral or emotional problems, and can include community-based, residential, and special education services.
CSA policy is set by a local Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT), which is made of appointed members from the community and local government. DFS, which includes Foster Care, Child Protective Services, and the Juvenile Court Services Unit, is a member of the CPMT. Other CPMT member agencies include Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services.
How to Contact Your CSA
Typically, CSA services are referred through a CPMT member agency after a case manager has been assigned to the client. If you believe your child is in need of CSA services, contact 703-777-0353 or email CSA.