About United Friends
United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
Our Guiding Principles
Build Meaningful Lasting Relationships
Our programs focus on commitment and consistency. By forging lasting, trusting relationships with youth in our programs, we address their single most critical emotional need.
Provide Resources for a Successful Transition to Adulthood
Our Pathways program surrounds foster youth ages 18-24 with positive role models, creating enduring relationships, challenging youth to better themselves, and providing safety in the form of a service-enriched housing program.
Change Current Educational Outcomes
By preparing more youth to graduate from high school and attend four-year colleges, United Friends is challenging the current dismal outcomes for foster kids relative to education. Our programs dramatically increase their chances for success.
The United Friends Impact
United Friends of the Children has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979.
United Friends Serves 1,400 Current and Former Foster Youth Annually
- Hispanic 49%
- Black 32%
- Bi-racial/Multi-racial 8%
- White 8%
- Asian 2%
- Native American 1%