about 

OUR history

In 1982 California Family Life Center was a single practitioner family counseling service for at-risk children and youth, from drug exposed newborns to high school dropouts. A generation later, CFLC has expanded to provide Foster Families, Youth Homes, Job Education Centers, Kinship Support, and a Chaplaincy for these children and youth. The purpose of all these endeavors is to replace abuse, neglect, and hoplessness with affection, encouragement, and success;


"My dream is to live in a normal family, before my childhood dwindles away" 


Dreams like this come true because we believe foster kids should never feel like foster kids. Dreams come true when families are reunited, adoptions are finalized, drop outs graduate and addictions are overcome. School, sports and jobs put legs on these dreams;


"If I wasn't at CFLC I would not be going to school and I wouldn't be applying for a job. I get to do things I never thought I could, like playing sports."


 CFLC families, homes, centers, and services, offer a variety of therapies, trainings, guidance, and opportunities but also share an abiding faith in the "power of the normal environment". We also believe in the power of persistence, and appreciate the hard work of growing up;


 "Thank you for never giving up on me. I know I may be tough to work with but you guys never gave up on me."

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

California Family Life Center's mission is to provide safety, comfort and healing to children suffering abuse and abandonment; to teach love and trust; to instill self-esteem, values and hope for the future - and in so doing, assist children trapped in hopelessness and despair become compassionate and contributing members of the community.

California Family Life Center has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for its Foster Family and Kinship Care, Group Home Care, and Support and Facilitation programs.

CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates California Family Life Center's commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. For more information on CARF, visit www.carf.org.