Located 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Friends of the Family (FOF) is a comprehensive family resource facility that works to champion child rights, improve family and community health and increase educational readiness. Founded in 1972 with an annual budget of less than ten thousand dollars, today FOF provides services for over five thousand parents and children every year. The facility offers various family-centered programs that address an array of family and community problems including child abuse, domestic violence and academic instability. While it offers a plethora of mental health services, medication management and 12-step recovery are not components of FOF programming.
Treatment and Staff
The overall mission of Friends of the Family is to foster an improved sense of community, parental competence and children’s safety as well as a greater community-based network. With most clients living under the poverty line, FOF offers a wide range of programs free of cost to a population rich in diversity but limited in financial resources.
FOF provides programs at more than 50 sites in the community including area churches and schools as well as the main North Hills location. Child and youth development programs help children of all ages to perform well in school through the use of practical education, coaching and mentoring. Specialized programming for teens focuses on finding and keeping employment and finding alternatives to violence. The facility also works with parents to nurture their skills as caregivers and with families to improve their livelihood. In addition, FOF offers mental health services for clients of all ages with the goal to increase ability to reduce negative behaviors, manage stress and to better connect socially.
The Friends of the Family team is comprised of an executive director, director of programs, development and division manager of parent support and education. All services are provided by the multilingual staff and volunteer team.
The facility also provides a training program for the certification as an MFT.
The agency is able to reach such a wide area by providing the majority of its services in a range of easily accessible community locations, including more than 50 elementary, middle and high schools, community centers, hospitals, parks, temples, and churches.
Friends of the Family is a family and community support facility that provides comprehensive programming for over five thousand children and adults annually. The facility works to address an array of problems endemic of a population living under the poverty line, including domestic violence, mental illness and academic indifference. For clients in the North Hills area seeking coaching, mentorship, education or support, Friends of the Family is a great resource.
Friends of the Family
16861 Parthenia St
North Hills, CA 91343
Friends of the Family Cost: Free. Reach Friends of the Family by phone at (818) 988-4430. Find Friends of the Family on Facebook
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