Children Of The Night

Rating: 3.72 stars   18 reviews

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

Location: 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.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada when I received a call from a girl I'll call "Jane Doe". She was only 17 years old. I knew she was living in a trailer with her father - and soon found out her father was actually her pimp. Turned on her father was also mom's pimp too. So every day he'd send mom and daughter out to bring him home "his money". In Vegas there's only a few shelters that will take someone under the age of 18 - and he knows where those shelters were. She was afraid if she went there - that he'd show up demanding to see her and as her father and with her being a minor that she could not refuse to see him. If she stayed with me she was also worried if he showed up with the police he could force them to make her leave and come home with him. She felt if she told the police she didn't want to go home with him because he was pimping her - that then he would take it out on her mom and her other sisters. I called Children of the Night and they said if I could get her to either an airport or a bus station they would arrange to pay for her transportation there to Los Angeles and take care of everything. She didn't have any ID to board a plane - so I took her to the bus station. Whenever I send someone to a program - I always ask them to call me to make sure they got admitted safe and sound. She told me she was made to feel welcome and felt very comfortable there at Children of the Night. They helped her get clean from drugs, get her GED, and a driver's license. I picked her up from the bus station when she came back to Vegas after CON helped her. She is now married, has two children, is clean from drugs and out of prostitution. Because of her age and the complication of her father being her pimp - I do not believe I could have helped her without CON being there for her the way they were. I also don't know of any other program that would have been able to respond so quickly when I called to have her on that bus just a few hours later. They are truly amazing and saving lives.

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

Yes. I have sent them children under the age of 18 who have called me that needed residential help since '85. They have accepted every one I have sent to them and not turned one away. Each person I have sent them has told me of a positive experience.

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

I would find a way to add a component to allow Dr. Lee to make her knowledge about helping kids more available to other programs that help kids. I would also find a way to give her the resources to let her expand her work to take in more kids.

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

Not only does she help the kids she works with - but when I talk to her I learn something that helps me be more effective with the kids I work with on an outpatient basis.

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

Wonderful. Unlike others at other programs - her volunteers do not come off as "superior" to the kids. They are also always helpful to me when I call to see if they have a bed - even if it's 2:00 a.m. when I'm calling

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

Save a lot more kids' lives.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any way any contact or experience with them could have been improved upon.

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

Lack of funding is one. Another is that more kids on the streets or other outreach programs that don't have residential options to offer need to know how to reach her for help.

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

I believe Dr. Lee has invented a wheel that works as best as one can work in an imperfect world. Our society as a whole would benefit on many levels if she were to receive whatever she needs to be able to help even more kids than she does now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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I was beaten by a volunteer of Children of the Night as its founder and director, Lois Lee sat idly watching. Lee had orchestrated "a scheme" to lure me to Marina del Rey in an attempt to discredit the organization for children I was with. I was left with permanent back injuries as a result, which are the cause of excruciating pain to this day. The following is from the charge evaluation sheet as completed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGE EVALUATION SHEET DA CASE NU. 90-0556 COMPLAINT DEPUTY JAMES E. KOLLER REVIEWING DEPUTY R. GUNSON I.I.B File Case No. 090-0031 "It is this Internal Affairs Investigation prepared by Sergeants T. Pradia and Sergeant E. Allen of the Internal Investigations Bureau that reveals the true nature of the conflict that occurred on November 9, 1989. Lois Lee, Executive Director of Children of the Night, devised a scheme whereby Donald Austen1 would be lured from his business to assist a non-existent runaway girl. Ms. Lee states the purpose of this fraud was to obtain a photograph of Mr. Austen. Ms. Lee's plan was to have her friend, Robert Christie, request Mr. Austen meet the feigned runaway at a restaurant. To activate this ruse Ms. Lee obtained the assistance of a private investigator, two photographers, two co-workers, three deputy sheriffs and the deputy's wife. These nine individuals were present at the restaurant before Mr. Austen's arrival. This investigation reveals that off-duty Sergeant Gil Parra contacted the Marina del Rey Station and requested assistance in making a traffic stop of Donald Austen, whom he described as a homicide suspect. The evidence suggests an intent to unlawfully detain Mr. Austen. It is also clear that Sergeant Gil Parra and off-duty Lieutenant William Salveson misrepresented the legitimacy of their investigation of Donald Austen to the Marina del Rey Station deputies. And, we note the plan as described by Lois Lee appears far too elaborate for its express purpose of obtaining photographs." I was not the only victim of Lee's "scheme." Also were former Oregon police officer, Margaret Weems, and her daughter, actress, Priscilla Weems, who were both volunteers with my charity. In 2008, Children of the Night sued both me and the charity for publishing on the Internet what Children of the Night did. After the UCLU took up our right to freedom of speech, COTN dismissed their claim.

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

violence.

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

fire the director/founder.

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

nothing.

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

brazen, ordering me to disband the charity I was with "so it wouldn't compete with [their] fundraising.

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

It did and it just wanted more.

Ways to make it better...

they had never existed

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

a lack of morality.

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

my life would have been a lot better and less wracked with pain had they never been.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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