Welcome to Five Acres

We recently celebrated a remarkable birthday for Five Acres – 129 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown LA as an orphanage, our initial mission was simply to provide safety to children who had no home. In time, our mission expanded to also focus on the well-being of our clients and caring for the mental and emotional health of children who were increasingly coming to us as a result of abuse or neglect. Having grown to an agency caring for nearly 8,700 children and family members annually across five counties, we now strive for permanency – a permanent, loving home – for all those in our care.

These three pillars; safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and they will guide our steps in the future as we continue seeking even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. For over 129 years Five Acres has been committed to preserving successful childcare programs and developing innovative services for children and families in crisis. With over 100,000 clients served since its founding in 1888, Five Acres currently cares for 8,700 children and families annually, across five counties including Los Angeles.

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missionFive Acres promotes safety, well-being and permanency for children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities.

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For over 129 years, children’s safety has been one of our priorities. Five Acres works to address and heal the trauma that effects children and their families so that children can grow safely and thrive within a loving family

Well-being

Healthy families are more likely to remain intact and enjoy a greater level of well-being. Five Acres believes families stay together when they are provided with essential prevention and intervention resources for success

Permanency

Five Acres actively strives to provide a sense of belonging by connecting children to caring adults with safe, permanent and loving families. With strong stability and the chance to stay in a loving home, children are able to rebuild their sense of belonging and grow.

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1888 – Five Acres opens its doors in downtown Los Angeles

1921 – Five Acres moves to five acres in Altadena. Famed architect Myron Hunt commissioned to design the facility

1957 – California Alliance of Child and Family Services founded by Five Acres

1965 – 
Five Acres Auxiliary established

1981 – Five Acres Therapeutic School for severely emotionally disturbed children opens

1985 – 
Five Acres initiates Community-based services

1990 – 
Five Acres Children’s Guild established

2001 – Five Acres builds Arts & Education building

2004 – 
Five Acres is affiliated with Grace Center

2005 – 
Adoption promotion and support services open in San Dimas

2006 – 
El Monte location opens and community-based programs expand to nearly 80% of Five Acres services provided

2007 – 
Five Acres revises its mission statement to focus on prevention and permanency

2009 – 
Zeilstra Research & Training Center is established

2012 – Chanel Boutakidis appointed CEO

2013 – 
Five Acres celebrates 125 years