Type of Organization
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services is a (501-C-3) charitable non-profit organization
established in 1906 and chartered in 1934, which provides culturally sensitive comprehensive
treatment, specialized education and support services to abused, neglected and at-risk youngsters
and their families, to establish stability in families and communities.
Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. (C.O.A.) and The Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The major portion of funding (95%) is provided through contracts with county and state agencies
throughout California. Several Optimist and Opti-Mrs. Clubs located from San Luis Obispo to San
Diego California also support the agency, as do contributions from various foundations,
corporations and friends of the agency. Less than 10% of funds received are used for
administrative overhead meaning over 90% of our funding is designated for service to children and
Sources of Referrals
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, County Mental Health, schools,
and Probation Departments from throughout California.
Located on five acres of residential hillside property in Highland Park, a neighborhood in the
northeast section of the City of Los Angeles. Eight other locations are located throughout Los
Type of Services
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services’ core program is a 24-hour residential-care facility for 85
boys in four dormitories and three independent living units. The agency also operates two group
homes that care for six boys each and two group homes for six girls each; the Foster Family &
Adoption Services with 60 children in foster homes; a Charter School for Probation and Foster
youth, and a variety of Mental Health programs, most of which are community based.
12 - 19 for Residential, Group Home, and School Programs; newborn through 21 for foster care
and adoptions, and 5-21 for Mental Health Programs.
Programs and Activities
Extensive individual, group and family therapy; education; recreation and athletic activities;
healthcare programs; participation in community activities, vocational and emancipation training;
cultural arts; case management, substance abuse treatment, mentoring, and ancillary therapy
programs for 550 children and families each day.
Of the youth who are followed up through our aftercare program 65% are crime free and no longer
in need of any type of out of home placement one year after discharge. For more outcomes please
visit our website.
Tel: 323-443-3175 Website: www.oyhfs.org