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How it all started in LA

Friends of the Children--Los Angeles (Friends LA) started as a dream and ignited a movement to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

Los Angeles County is home to the largest child welfare system in the country. Parenting youth who are transitioning out of foster care face daunting uncertainties while working to lay the foundation for their children to feel safe, secure, and hopeful as they grow. Friends LA pairs professional mentors—we call Friends—to those children facing the highest risks and prevent the next generation of children from entering the child welfare system.

Friends LA launched its innovative mentoring program in partnership with parenting transition age foster youth to mentor their children (ages 4-6) from kindergarten to high school graduation--no matter what. In addition, we are eager to form strategic partnerships to layer our work with the many members of the child welfare community to enrich the continuum of care.

Friends LA is uniquely positioned to affect positive change across two-generations for both parents and their children. As we walk beside these children throughout their childhood, we concurrently empower their parents to advocate for their children through an ongoing, respectful, and strengths-based partnership.

We look forward to experiencing this journey with each of these remarkable children as they grow and learn, helping each child to find their spark while empowering them to set their own course for a life filled with possibility, hope and promise.