Children of the Night

Rating: 3.72 stars   18 reviews


14530 Sylvan Street Van Nuys CA 91411 USA


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.


We have rescued over 10,000 American children, boys and girls, from prostitution.


The shelter home provides appropriate care and supervision of american's children (ages 11-17) who have been forced to prostitute and seek refuge in our home, attend our onsite school and receive comprehensive case management. In the last 36 years we have placed 100 children in colleges across america and many of our successful graduates are teachers, 911 emergency operators, nurses and child care workers. In 2014, we received 5342 calls on our toll free nationwide sex trafficking hotline and 5016 online educational services and extensive case management through our wow program. There were 7 children who lived in our home that were placed in college. There were 4359 young women, 850 young men and 45 transgender who called our hotline. Of those callers 29 were rescued directly from a pimp/trafficker, 694 received intervention in a crisis. Our shelter home received 70 children (ages 11-17) who have been sex trafficked right here in the united states. This year only girls sought admission to our home and 63% of those girls were 16 years old or younger. Only 8 (11%) returned to the streets 7 (10%) of these children were placed in colleges 38 (54%) returned to their families 44 (63%) were 16 years of age or younger 4 completed a high school dipolma or passed the high school equivalency exam 2 participated in a college prep university summer camp 2 entered the los angeles county science fair and 1 won the nuclear society award 7 students completed the "baby think it over" program that includes an empathy belly and child care for a full week 14 (44%) developed keyboarding speeds in excess of 50wpm 9 completed a comprehensive independent living program completion of the independent living program and the achievement of at least 50 wpm in keyboarding provides the child with the opportunity to attend driver's training. 6 completed driver's training programchildren of the night wow(with out walls) offers young people in shelters, drop in centers and outreach programs throughout america on-line ged assessments and ged tutoring, funding for ged testing. In 2014 we partnered with goodwill of california as well as smaller agencies but plan to grow with goodwill nationwide. 29% of our referrals were from goodwill 21% were children of the night alumniin 2014, children of the night provided 5016 services to 490 clients in 30 states. There were 407 who received ged services and 83 who received case management. Of those callers 331 were female, 157 were male and 2 were transgender. Online tutoring represented 80% of our calls and 26 of our students successfulyy passed the ged. Online students were spread across the united states but significant numbers were as follows: 61% were calling from california 8% were from florida 7% were from north carolina 7% were from texas

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

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

Receive more donations

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Yes, helped make me a better parent

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Once a week for the past eight years I've taught journalism at the shelter's on-site school. Getting to know these kids and witnessing Lois Lee's dynamic dedication to their well being has inspired me to become a major donor as well as a volunteer. I am honored to have recently been asked to join the board. Without this program these children would have nowhere to be safe. Because of it, the sky's the limit for what they can achieve!

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

I've seen kids come in angry, lost and with no direction completely turn their lives around.

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

Nobody in the world could come close to accomplishing what Lois does.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching a new student come to my class who says they either can't or don't want to write - learn to express themselves on paper for the first time and then not be able to turn it off because they are enjoying the process so much.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The principal who is also the only teacher of the entire school is able to teach each child individually and bring them up to their grade level and beyond in record time. The students love and admire her!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rescue more kids and maintain the enormous alumnai association.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and more money to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

There's no challenge that Lois Lee can't overcome. She's a miracle worker.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I get way more out of working for Children of the Night than I give.

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