United Friends of the Children is dedicated to the premise that foster youth deserve a successful adulthood.
Through our Housing and Education Programs, foster youth are provided with the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, get a job, find housing and have a support system that moves them gradually towards independence.
Our goal is that the youth in our programs not only survive, but that they thrive.
What is a foster child?
Foster children have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parent or parents and who, through no fault of their own, have been removed from the home by the county. More than 75% of foster children enter placement as a result of neglect. Foster youth face an extra set of challenges that severely impact their opportunity to develop into independent and stable adults.
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How many foster youth are there in Los Angeles?
Of the 76,000 youth currently in care in the state of California, over 40% of them reside in Los Angeles County.
How much does it cost to fund foster care?
Nationally, the direct cost of foster care amounts to over $33 billion. In California, it costs approximately $4.7 billion annually and countywide, Los Angeles spends nearly $1.7 billion per year.
At UFC, $15,000 will send a foster youth to college, $5,000 will fund two summer internships and $1,500 will provide housing assistance to three recent college graduates.
What happens to youth after they “age out” of foster care?
When a child in foster care turns eighteen, they emancipate or “age out” of the foster care system. This means that they are no longer a dependent of the State and are responsible for their own well-being. Former foster youth face the challenges of finding housing, work and enrolling in school - alone.
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What makes UFC different from other organizations serving foster youth?
While we are proud of our outcomes highlighted on this page, the unsung outcome at UFC is something you cannot quantify - the emotional health and well-being of our youth who finally feel like they are part of a family. This is because at the core of UFC’s programs are relationships and a long-term commitment to foster youth.
All of UFC’s programs focus on consistency. Our commitment to College Readiness students is for six years and another five years if enrolled in our College Sponsorship Program. College Sponsorship participants can count on our support for up to five years while obtaining their Bachelor’s Degree but can continue receiving supportive services as they pursue a career or graduate degree. Pathways participants can spend up to 18 months in program housing but the relationship is extended many years beyond that through our Pathways Alumni Program.
Thus, the youth we serve will always have a home at UFC.
vs. General Outcomes for Foster Youth
85% of UFC active Pathways Alumni
are in stable housing
36% of foster youth
are homeless within 18 months of leaving care
67% of UFC active Pathways Alumni
51% of foster youth
are unemployed within 3 yrs of leaving care
100% of UFC College Readiness Students
in our program 4+ years graduate from high school
50% of foster youth
do not graduate from high school
70% of UFC College Sponsorship Students
graduate from college
13% of foster youth
attend college and less than 1% graduate