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OUR MISSION

Empower young adults aging out of foster care to transition successfully to adulthood

and reach their fullest potential.

WHY WE EXIST

Los Angeles County is home to the nation’s largest foster care system. Each year, more than 1,000 young adults "age out" without a permanent family to guide them toward adulthood.

 

With histories of trauma and instability, these young adults often struggle to advance without the support they deserve.

 

They face high rates of homelessness, poverty, incarceration, mental health challenges, and unplanned pregnancy. 

OUR COMMUNITY

We take pride in hiring individuals with personal experience in foster care. In addition to bringing unique expertise, they are powerful role models to the youth we serve. 

In addition to hiring former foster youth on staff, we engage them in our internship program, co-mentoring community, and our Board of Directors. 

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Stepping Forward LA has a fiscal sponsor, Community Partners

and operates under their501c3 number 95-4302067.

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