Founded on March 12, 1888, Five Acres was only the third orphanage opened in Los Angeles County and is now the oldest agency that started as an orphanage. While we once started serving 35 children in Los Angeles, today we impact over 7,000 children and their families in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties annually with a permanency rate of 84% and we have expanded to providing community-based programs, community-based specialty services, and foster care and adoption services. This year’s permanency campaign is dedicated to honoring the past, embracing the present, and celebrating the future of Five Acres.

Join us in celebrating Five Acres’ 135th birthday with a donation today!

A family of three women with the GivingTuesday logo to promote support for the permanency campaign

With nearly 20,000 children in Los Angeles growing up without a permanent family, this #GivingTuesday you can help us connect them with loving homes and leave a legacy of your own by joining our Permanency Campaign! With every gift you make, the Trustees of the Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund will match your donation up to $18,000. 

Any gifts of $1,000 or more will be honored with an inscribed tile on the McCreight Foundation Pathway to Permanency tile wall, permanently installed at Five Acres as a testament to your commitment to helping children in need. You can also make recurring monthly payments toward your purchase of a tile!

Please consider making a #GivingTuesday gift towards permanency and bringing the legacy of Five Acres into the lives of many more children in foster care.

Become a permanent piece of Five Acres history!

Today in Los Angeles, nearly 20,000 children are growing up without a permanent family. Help us connect them with loving homes and leave a legacy of your own by joining our Permanency Campaign! Your gift of $1,000 or more will be honored with an inscribed tile on the McCreight Foundation Pathway to Permanency tile wall-permanently installed at Five Acres as a testament to your commitment to helping children in need.

Please note the character limitation for your tile selection. Character limit includes spaces. If you are purchasing more than one tile, please submit a separate order form for each.
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Foster Parents Are Needed More Than Ever

Because of the passing of the Family First Act introduced on 2/7/2018, the federal government's ability to pay for foster care placements has been restricted. Per the federal guidelines, Section 1905(i) of the Social Security Act defines an IMD as an "institution of more than 16 beds, that is primarily engaged in providing diagnosis, treatment, or care of persons with mental diseases." Currently, all residential agencies in CA that have above 16 beds fall into the IMD determination.

In 2020, LA County had 21,876 foster youth. If all LA County Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPS) were reduced to 16 beds, that would reduce capacity below 718 beds. While foster children can also be placed with foster families, there is still a tremendous foster shortage in L.A.

For more information about our Permanency program, please contact Ivon Favela, Recruiter and Trainer:
ifavela@5acres.org  |  626-214-0465