United Friends of the Children
United Friends of the Children was founded in 1979 by Nancy Daly to address the unmet needs of Los Angeles County’s foster youth. Today, UFC provides support services to more than 1,400 current and former foster youth each year, working to provide them with the opportunity to finish high school, find housing, attend college and build the skills to support themselves. Through its programs, UFC provides critical intervention in the lives of foster youth when no one else will.
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.
Build Meaningful, Lasting Relationships
Their programs focus on commitment and consistency. By forging lasting, trusting relationships with youth in their programs, they address their single most critical emotional need.
Provide Resources for a Successful Transition to Adulthood
Their Pathways program surrounds foster youth age 18-24 with positive role models, creating enduring relationships, challenging youth to better themselves, and providing a safety net 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. Their programs dramatically increase their chance for success.See more