Help 400 Local Foster Youth Have a Happy Holiday

Goal: $ 10000

No of Donation: 2

 

 

Goal: $ 10000
Amount Raised: $ 35
Remaining : $ 9965
No of Donation : 2
Category : Animals
Url : http://www.unitedfriends.org
Contact Number : 213-580-1850
Address : 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1955
State : Los Angeles
City : CA
Country : US
Zipcode : 90017

Challenge

L.A. County is home to nearly 20,000 foster youth. Many foster youth experience as many as 10 or even more foster home placements while in the system. Not surprisingly, it is difficult for those individuals to develop meaningful relationships with others, especially adults. Painful experiences of abuse, neglect and abandonment left unaddressed, can cause youth to lose jobs, fail in school, and turn to drugs or other risky behaviors rather than problem-solving.

Solution

Mission: United Friends of the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change. The overarching goal of UFC's programs is to inspire and support foster youth to realize their potential as individuals and to become self-sustaining, healthy members of our community. We believe that 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. We believe that with the proper support and guidance, 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 18-23 with the support that will allow them to prepare for independence. We believe that 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 and attend and graduate from four-year colleges, UFC is dramatically increasing their chances for success.
For foster youth, the holidays can be a very somber time. Seeing families enjoying the season can be a painful reminder of the holiday celebrations they never had. Every year UFC offers several hundred foster youth a warm and welcoming environment to celebrate the festive season. We need your help to ensure that the youth in our programs receive something during this special time of year, just like the children in our own families. Yours may be the only gift they receive.

Long-Term Impact

UFC is committed to meeting the immediate and long-term needs of foster youth by providing the resources to offer an alternative to the dismal outcomes they face as they transition from care. Relationships with UFC staff serve as the source of consistent support which many foster youth lack in their lives, empowering the youth to advocate for themselves. UFC is not just weaving a safety net that rescues but creating a spring board that launches foster youth into a life filled with opportunity.

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