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Small Steps Can Change A Life

It only takes a small step to make the difference of a lifetime to a foster youth or former foster youth. Did you know that… a donation of money or a backpack can equip a foster youth for an entire school year? Or that an hour of mentoring can help a foster youth succeed for years to come? Whether you make a simple donation or grant a foster youth’s wish list, there are many quick ways you can help.

Our community partners across Southern California can help you get started:

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A Sense of Home (ASOH)

A Sense of Home is an LA-based nonprofit founded in 2014 that transforms the lives of foster youth who left foster care, by creating their first-ever homes. You can help furnish their space by donating furniture and housewares.

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Child Abuse Prevention Center

The Child Abuse Prevention Center serves at-risk children and families in crisis. By donating diapers, linens, baby items and more, you can help families who are struggling to meet the most basic needs for their children.

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Children's Institute Inc

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII)

CII today serves more than 24,000 children and their families in Los Angeles’ poorly resourced neighborhoods and communities. By donating gently used and new gear and clothing, you can help improve their everyday lives.

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Crittenton Services for Families and Children

Crittenton Services is committed to empowering foster and transitional age youth reach their full potential. You can help some of the most resilient youth in our community live happy, healthy and productive lives by donating, mentoring or volunteering.

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First Star

First Star

First Star has been partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts across the US to improve the lives of foster youth through higher education. In 2011, First Star pioneered the first-ever college prep program at UCLA to give Los Angeles’ foster youth better educational opportunities.

Learn how you can Donate to the UCLA Academy

Foster Care Counts

Foster Care Counts

Foster Care Counts matches volunteers with foster families who need their support, and raises funds to support organizations across Los Angeles impacting foster youth and families. By donating, you can help fund Guardian Scholars, an on-campus support program for college students from foster care.

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Hillsides

Hillsides and its affiliate, Bienvenidos, are dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves 13,000 children and families in Southern California across more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

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Junior Blind

Junior Blind

Junior Blind’s programs serve infants, children or teens are who blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled and their family members. You can help students gain great independence by donating travel bags, stuffed animals, blankets, clothes or school supplies.

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Los Angeles LGBT Center

The RISE Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center works to increase permanency options by decreasing anti-gay bias, anti-transgender bias, and heterosexism by in-field intervention with families and youth, training system of care providers and coaching for partner agencies to better serve LGBTQ+ youth.

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National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI)

The NFYI empowers foster youth and their families, by partnering with policymakers in 435 congressional districts across the US to transform child welfare and improve the lives of foster youth. By donating, you can help fund NFYI’s outreach efforts, programs and initiatives.

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Peace 4 Kids

Peace4Kids

Since 1998, Peace4Kids has been building a community for Southern California’s foster youth. In November 2015, Peace4Kids launched the Mobile Village Kitchen to bring family dinners back to kids in foster care. You can help by donating a specific item, or making a monthly commitment.

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United Friends of the Children

United Friends of the Children (UFC)

UFC empowers current and former foster youth in Los Angeles on their journey to self-sufficiency through career training, support for internships, housing assistance and more. You can help equip transition age foster youth by donating necessary school supplies, dorm kits and more.

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A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home

Based in South Central Los Angeles, A Place Called Home provides mentoring and volunteering programs and services for disadvantaged youth. You can help enrich the lives of foster youth by donating basic items they need.

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Casa La

CASA LA

CASA LA’s vision is a Los Angeles in which every foster child has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. You can help support the families and foster youth that CASA LA serves in many different ways.

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CASA OC

CASA OC

CASA OC serves children who move through the Orange County court system. You can get involved by helping with events, fundraising, supporting organization Friends of CASA, the Hispanic Advisory Council and more.

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Maryvale

Maryvale

Since 1856, Maryvale has cared for orphaned, abused and neglected children, evolving into a social welfare organization that nurtures traumatized youth in the foster care system. Maryvale offers many different volunteer opportunities for you to share your time, talents and energy.

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Orangewood Foundation

Orangewood Foundation

The Orangewood Foundation helps foster and community youth annually transition from foster care into self-sufficient adulthood. As a volunteer, you can help by providing groceries, transitional housing, life skills mentoring, employment leads and more.

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