Who We Are

Our History

Palomar Family Counseling Service is a nonprofit counseling agency formed in 1956 by community leaders who recognized a need in the north county of San Diego for professional and coordinated counseling services for children and families. Strong volunteer community support founded the agency’s current main office in Escondido as well as the establishment of satellite offices in Fallbrook, Poway, and Vista. We have been incorporated since 1992 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

As a longtime employee and visionary, Executive Director Irene Saper led the nonprofit counseling agency through significant growth for decades. Since early 2015, the new Executive Director and more than eighty dedicated staff continue to provide a wide array of clinical services in our office settings as well in schools and other community sites all over North County San Diego.

Our Mission

Our enduring mission is to support and strengthen children, youth, adults, families, schools and communities.

Our Vision

PFCS will become a preferred provider of community mental health services in north San Diego. Passionate and dedicated professionals aspire to work here, clients achieve an enhanced quality of life, and collaborative partnerships are enriched by our trained expertise.

Our Values



We value others by honoring individuality and diversity, and we treat all with dignity creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere.



We are honest, ethical, and accountable in all our interactions.


We strive to provide effective and evidence-based best practices of quality care with skill,
sensitivity, and compassion.


We believe all individuals possess strengths and the capacity for positive growth.


We work in collaboration with clients & our community to build strong bridges of connection and support.

Memberships, Affiliations, Certifications

501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization:
EIN / Tax ID # 33-0629248

We are proud to be members of the following organizations:

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce

Fallbrook Community Health Collaborative

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Oceanside Promise

Collective Impact Table & Early Childhood Success Collective Action Network

San Diego Employer’s Association

California Association of Nonprofits

North County Philanthropy Council

We are certified by:

San Diego County of Probation – Domestic Violence Offenders Treatment Groups