United Friends of the Children



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.

Mission & Vision

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.

UFC’s vision is to change the face of foster care in Los Angeles.

Guiding Principles:

The way to have a deep and lasting impact in the lives of foster youth is to be with them over the long haul.

By building relationships with youth over an extended period, UFC’s programs focus on commitment and consistency. By forging trusting relationships with the youth in our programs, we are addressing the single most critical emotional need for foster youth.

With the proper support and guidance, a job and a place to live, former foster youth can make a successful transition to adulthood.

It doesn’t happen magically when they turn 18. However, we have a unique opportunity and, in fact, a responsibility to provide foster youth ages 18-24 with the support that will allow them to prepare for independence. In Pathways we do this by surrounding them with positive role models, creating enduring relationships, challenging them to better themselves and providing them with the safety net of a service-enriched housing program.

The current dismal outcomes for foster kids relative to education can be changed.

Poor educational outcomes are a major factor in the lack of success foster youth experience in their transition out of care. By preparing more foster youth to graduate from high school (College Readiness) and attend and graduate from four-year colleges (College Sponsorship), UFC is dramatically increasing their chances for success.

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