Children of the Night

Rating: 3.71 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: 14530 Sylvan St Van Nuys CA 91411 USA

Mission: Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution.
Results: We have rescued over 10,000 American children, boys and girls, from prostitution.
Target demographics: American children between the ages of 11 and 17 and involved in prostitution.
Programs: Children of the Night is the only place in North America where a child can call from a seedy motel or truck stop anywhere in the United States, reach a skilled child care worker 24/7 who knows how to intervene with the police, escape from a dangerous condition with our help, take pre-arranged transportation to an airport, board a pre-paid airline, meet a child care worker at Los Angeles International Airport and arrive in the safe, loving, nurturing Children of the Night home within 24 hours of his/her initial call for help. Children of the Night has rescued over 10,000 American children from sex trafficking/prostitution right here in the United States--that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking programs combined

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Rating: 1 stars  

Okay, so let me get this straight. Children of the Night used to be called the California Association of Trollops and was partially run by people we now consider human traffickers. Suddenly Hugh Hefner gets involved because he wants to "rescue teenagers from the ravages of prostitution," gives lots and lots of money, till he finally becomes their "hero" a year after he is presumably having sex with twin teenage sisters at the age of 83. And in addition, the founder, executive director, Lois Lee, "devised a scheme" to put another children's charity out of business. She gets people beaten and apparently holds a loaded gun right up to the chest of a 17 year old actress, threatening to kill her. But wait! a 14 year old girl is sodomized inside the Children of the Night shelter. Of course, this is after she tried to have a benefit with a date with a call girl as a grand prize from Danni Ash's Hard Drive. And this was after Children of the Night was majorly fined by the United States Postal Service for misusing their nonprofit bulk mailing permit. Lois Lee apparently takes pride that when she was younger, she used to take teenage girls in the sex trade in, in her apartment. Hmmm. I wonder if there would be any raised eyebrows if Hugh Hefner or Charlie Sheen did that? Oh, and check out the salary of Lois Lee on Guidestar. She make close to a quarter of a mil on a $2 mil budget. Great place to send kids. Great place to donate. Not. I was a runaway. I was a teenage girl prostitute. I know about Children of the Night all too well. Hey, if you see anyone from there coming, run Forrest, run!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Arrest them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am one of those ungrateful children who lived in the Children of the Night home for over 2 years. I was
not appreciative of staff who thought they could come in and make all of my problems go away with a
smile.
Children of the Night is not a place where people can come in and work and expect to feel good. It is
not about them it is about children, like me, who have suffered miserably at the hands of adults. That’s what makes Children of the Night different – it is about the kids not the staff.

Today I am a mother and successful professional – No other program or foster home could have or
would have seen me through my horrible childhood. I am sure some of the staff that came and left Children of the Night hated me too.

I am forever indebted to the staff and Lois Lee who stayed with me and saw me through the unraveling
of my childhood and preparation for my future.

No one else would have done this for me and the other children who lived in their home.


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Rating: 1 stars  

HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT !!!
!Real bad experince working there. Awful and horrible behavior from staff and Ceo president Lois. I was excited once I was hired but that lasted about a week!
Employee QUIT majority of the time. Trust me I was there to witness it! They have minimum amount of staff working there which made it more difficult. . It created intense pressure. Not much training and not enough hourly pay for what we had to endure!!

if you do not want your pay checks on time, if you do not mind working with people with no professionalism and do not mind being humiliated on constant basis by everyone!!

THen this is the job for you! The worse experince ever!!!!! I quit bcus I deserved to be treated humanly and fair!!!!!! This is just the facts im stating here..... is nothing but the truth !!


I understand it's all about the children but what does it tell you when staff in that facility are being replaced by the second bcus they decide to quit....
What does it tell you about how she's running the organization!

We are talking about ADULTS who demonstrated inappropriate, rude, obnoxious behavior, that created a hostile work environment for the rest of the staff who was recently hired but decided to leave due to mistreatment.
There hostile behavior, actions and communication was severe. the hostility seriously disrupted all of the employee’s work.
Lois is very degrading and nasty . I made my research on Lois and she's has prior record of misconduct. I also couldn't fathomed that she is friends with Hugh Hefner a man who was was having sex with twins who were underage. The only thing she's after is the money and fame .

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Could there possibly be a worse organization? Children of the Night is a supposed "helping" charity that operates behind locked doors and barred windows. It says that it "rescues" teenage girls from the sex trade, but it posts Hugh Hefner as it's "hero" on its website. A 14-year-old girl was sodomized inside its shelter. Its director, Lois Lee, CON's Founder and Executive Director, takes an obscenely high salary. Lee caused a friend of mine to be beaten while she watched and from what I heard from direct eye witnesses, she aimed a presumably loaded gun with a silencer attached at a 17-year-old girl whom she conned into believing that the girl the 17-year-old girl was trying to help was an endangered runaway. I would as soon recommend that young girls be sent to Al Qaeda than to CON. Maybe that's a pretty extreme statement, but the fact is that it would be a cold day in hell before I would send any girl to either.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since numerous people are pointing out the CEO, I thought I'd post the link to what they're referring. I'd also like point out, not all charities are nearly as transparent with where their money goes, not to mention that over 85% goes directly to charity. So while I'm not a huge fan of that large a salary, please don't throw the proverbial baby with the bath water. They do a ton of good work that needs done, and they exist because of donations and volunteers. The CEO taking home a large salary, doesn't negate that good work, nor does it nullify the substantial amount of money and percentage of money that goes directly to gifts/charity/etc.

Just some thoughts, and the link to the charity info is below. Regardless of what I've said, or anyone else view the info and facts below and make your own decision

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6611#.U7iJ-LHZ74g

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Decrease the salary of the CEO/Founder

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I've been a monthly donor for two years, but after learning from Charity Navigator that as of 2013, Lois Lee was taking a salary of ~ $240,000, my support will stop immediately. (The total annual revenue for Children of the Night is only about $1.5 million!) Other charitable organizations whose CEOs are paid the same amount (or less) as Lois have revenues of $80 million or more and are 30 times the size of COTN. Lois's compensation is unjustifiable in every way whatsoever.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Require Lois to accept a salary cut of 50% or resign. There are plenty of smart, well educated, competent, experienced, visionary, non-self-serving humanitarians who would gladly take her place and be delighted to be paid $120,000 a year!

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Dr. lois lee Is a great person. She has helped change many lives. I know because she helped change mine. This is a great place for children that are on the street and want to get off of them and change their lives around. Keep up the good work LOIS......

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve been a volunteer for this organization and I've seen what Dr. Lee has done for over 20 years.

There is no amount of money that can repay her for her tireless work she has done on behalf of children.
- Rick Taylor

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Receive more donations

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, helped make me a better parent

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I wanted to donate to this organization, but can't justify the salary for the founder. Who is being served here? Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,482 12.46% Lois Lee Founder

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Children of the NIght is the best organization I've ever had the priviledge of working for and Lois is beyond dedicated to the children her organization serves.

Her methods and ideas are progressive, well implemented, effective and reflected in the success of her program.

I ran the street teams for Children of the NIght in the 80's and 90's until it was no longer possible because gangs were dominating the streets and forced the kids underground. I can say from first hand expereience the services of Children of the Night need to be taken directly to the children where they survive. I don't know of any other agency capable of doing this other than Children of the Night.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many successes while working with the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't.

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