Youth Development Services

About Us

Youth Development Services Division (YDSD) Mission Statement:

To provide comprehensive services and resources to assist transition age youth (TAY) successfully transition from dependency to self sufficiency.

Email YDSD Team: youthds@dcfs.lacounty.gov
Toll Free Number: 1(877) 694-5741 (MY ILP 411), (213) 351-0100/0101


Wendy Luke, Division Chief
Wendy Luke, Division Chief
Ms. Wendy Luke is a graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills, and started her DCFS experience as an Emergency Response Command Post (ERCP) CSW in October of 1996.

Ms. Luke has vast DCFS line experience in Emergency Response and Continuing Services with an emphasis on working with our Law Enforcement partners. As a SCSW Ms. Luke was responsible for all local co‐located Emergency Response CSW’s out stationed in our local Police and Sheriff’s Departments. She received a NACO Award and also received a County of Los Angeles commendation for the Co‐Location of Children’s Social Workers with Law Enforcement.

Ms. Luke promoted to ARA over seven Emergency Response units out of the DCFS Vermont office in 2010. She has extensive experience with foster care recruitment initiatives and continues to work on the integration of PHNs and CSWs at Medical Hubs.

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Erika Pollard, ILP Director
Erika Pollard, ILP Director
Ms. Erika Pollard is a graduate of San Diego State University. Ms. Pollard started her career with DCFS in January 1998 as a Social Worker Trainee.

She worked her way up to an SCSW position in Continuing Services where she worked for 8 years while also facilitating a Teen Club. Ms. Pollard came to Youth Development Services Division in 2014 as an ILP/Transition Coordinator and is currently the ILP Director.

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David Wong, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
David Wong, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
Mr. Wong commenced his career with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in 1991. For the past 24 years, he has worked various assignments within camps and the field.

He began his career as Deputy Probation Officer I working in Camps Scobee and Paige. In 1996, he promoted to Deputy Probation Officer II assigned to the Camp Community Transition Program (CCTP) within Field Services. From 2002 to 2005, he worked as a Court Officer within the Juvenile Delinquency Courts. In 2005, he promoted to a Supervising Deputy Probation Officer at Camp Mendenhall. After nearly two years, he transferred back to CCTP operations, which inherited the Community Detention Program for a brief period of time. In 2009, he transferred to the Long Beach Field Office where he initially rendered oversight of a unit comprised of both juvenile and adult probationers until a year later when he was relieved of the former. In November 2013, Mr. Wong was promoted to Director and assigned to the Out-of-Home Screening and the Prospective Authorization and Utilization Review units until December 2014. In March 2014, he acquired oversight of the Placement Community Transition Services unit where he remained until his recent September 2015 transfer to his current assignment within the Placement Services Bureau.

Mr. Wong hopes to continue utilizing and sharing his experiences and knowledge working with at-risk youths, emergent adults and adults to assist the transitional age youth population in becoming more independent, resilient and productive members of the community. David Wong earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1989.

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Dr. Michael Scoggins, Director of Housing Services
Dr. Michael Scoggins, Director of Housing Services
Dr. Michael Scoggins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Education, with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. He received his doctoral degree in Education, with a concentration in research and evaluation, from the University of Southern California.

He began his career at DCFS as a Research Analyst. His role in Research was to advise the Department’s MSW candidates in data collection, methodology development, and formulating analysis for their master’s thesis. He was promoted to a Children’s Services Administrator I as a Training Coordinator, where he provided and facilitated training on a number of subjects. Later, he was promoted to Program Manager (Children’s Services Administrator II) with the Kinship Support Division prior to being selected as the Director of Housing for the Youth Development Services Division.

During his tenure at DCFS, Dr. Scoggins provided professional instruction and has been the principal coordinator on a number of child welfare-related conferences for staff and caregiver/resource families. His interests include caregiver education, aftercare, permanency and well being for youth, and community resource navigation for families. In addition, Dr. Scoggins has served as a lecturer at various universities on research development, education and social work.

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Frank Trejo, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
Frank Trejo, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
Mr. Frank Trejo began his career in 1975 as an Own Recognizance Investigator with the Riverside Courts. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles County and was hired by the Pretrial Services Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

In 1993 the Pretrial Services Division was transferred to the Probation Department. As a Probation Director for the last 16 years he has worked various management assignments in the juvenile halls, camps, field and specialized programs. He has experience working with childcare age youth, transitional age youth, juveniles and adult populations.

In his current management assignment he is the director of the Transitional Jurisdiction Services Unit which includes the AB12 Program and the Transitional Housing Programs.

Mr. Frank Trejo has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of California at San Bernardino (1975) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University (1981).

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Darlene McDade-White, Administrative Support Manager
Ms. Darlene McDade-White graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1983 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from San Diego State University, in 1985, before starting her career at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as a Children’s Social Worker. While working as a social worker for DCFS, Ms. McDade-White obtained a Master’s Degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California in 1995.

She has worked for DCFS for 30 years, 10 years as a front line social worker and 20 years in management/administration for DCFS. Prior to her current position as the Housing Director in the DCFS Youth Development Services Division, Ms. McDade-White was the Head Investigator for DCFS Risk Management Division Internal Affairs Section where she supervised and conducted investigations of departmental personnel for the DCFS.

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