FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOUNDATION FUNDS PROGRAMMING FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
March 23, 2012, Baldwin Park, CA–Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services, a Los Angeles County based non-profit agency has received $5,000 from the Lon V. Smith Foundation to support Ettie Lee’s programming for youth in residential care.
For more than 62 years Ettie LeeYouth & Family Services has served the complex needs of at-risk youth with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in Southern California. When Miss Ettie Lee opened the first group home in 1950, she introduced the model of providing a family atmosphere. Although Ettie Lee has grown significantly since 1950, providing a family atmosphere has been so successful that we still follow that model in all of our six group homes and 30 foster homes. Last year, Ettie Lee served 342 unduplicated boys and girls and their families: 69% were Hispanic, 17% African-American, 11.5% Caucasian, 1.3% Asian/Pacific Islander; .4% American Indian; .8% other and over 97% were from low-income and/or disadvantaged families.
Ettie Lee’s residential group homes expertise is in serving older children – teenage boys (aged 13-18+) – who are on probation. All of group homes are located in residential areas and provide family-style residential treatment that focuses on the importance of being active in the community to develop the skills for success in life.
Ettie Lee also operates a therapeutic Foster Family Agency and Adoption Agency (boys and girls ages 0 – 18+). It is located inCovina and the boys and girls are placed in the loving homes of foster parents who are trained and licensed.
Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services is a nonprofit child welfare agency serving the complex needs of at-risk youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Its mission is to assist troubled youth who are in need of guidance and support to develop values and skills that will facilitate their success in life. Ettie Leecomplies with the highest standards of Community Care Licensing, Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, and Los Angeles County Department of Probation. Ettie Leeis accredited by theCaliforniaAlliancefor Children & Families and the Council on Accreditation.