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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

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

As someone who is committed to helping children of sex trafficking, I am impressed with the work of this organization. To help so many with so little is impressive. Dr. Lee and her team has certainly earned my support.

Personally I find the comments about salary and earnings quite disingenuous. RESULTS matter far more then one persons compensation. The results speak for themselves. There are literally tens of thousands of good-minded charities with officers who are paid much less. But the RESULTS of those charities are often substandard and full of red-tape and bureaucracy as well. These "do it on the cheap" organizations don't have the RESULTS. Pouring money into a program that doesn't work is far most wasteful or our generosity then one that DOES.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

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




Rating: 2

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.



Rating: 5

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.