Welcome to Five Acres

We recently celebrated a remarkable birthday for Five Acres: 130 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown Los Angeles 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 children in our care. These three pillars: safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and will guide our steps as we seek even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis.

Picture of Five Acres Family - Serving Children

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


Since 1888, children’s safety has been the bedrock on which our programs are founded. Through mental health and behavioral health counseling, Five Acres addresses and heals the trauma that affects children and their families so that kids can grow and thrive within a loving family


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


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


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

2018 – Five Acres celebrates 130 years