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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Youth Violence Prevention

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.

Programs: 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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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
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.


Client Served

Rating: 1

!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 .


Client Served

Rating: 5

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......


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Lois and Children of the Night in 1996 as a victim. Children of the Night and Dr. Lois Lee helped me finish 2 years of high school in one year, become self reliant, and achive all the goals I have ever set out to do. Lois became my lifeline and without her I would probably be dead. She opened her heart and touched my life like no one else. COTN prosecuted the people who preyed on the innocent . I came to feel loved, and accepted. COTN helped me on a path that would turn my life around. I am who I am today because they were there for me. This is the least I can do to try and help other children who at some point will need their help. There are children living at COTN that need your help NOW. Please donate anything you can. www.childrenofthenight.org

Comments ( 1 )


jody7 07/31/2010

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a NYC police station beaten up with no where to turn, when I called Children of the Night's hotline. Two days later I was a resident. It was a home where I finally felt accepted and I could take advantage of being a kid. The shelter, which I thought I was going to run from, ended up being my home for four years. During my four years, I achieved an honorable mention in the Los Angeles County Science Fair, a scholarship to attend the Tyra Bank's summer camp, T-Zone. The follwoing summer Tyra requested me to attend her camp as a junior mentor. I also joined the Los Angeles Valley Community College speech and debate team and won several awards for my speeches. Before entering a university, I had accumlated 30 college units. I walked into the shelter as a victimized child who was taken advantage of sexually, physically, and mentally, but I graduated from the shelter,not only as a confident individual, but an individual to conquer my own destiny.