January 19, 2024

Friends of the Children Launches Two New Chapters

Friends of the Children continues to grow throughout the country, allowing us to serve more children and families than ever before. In just the past few months, Friends of the Children launched two new chapters, Friends – Eastern Idaho and Friends – Philadelphia, which means we are now walking alongside youth in 22 different states including partnerships with Sovereign Tribal Nations: the Oglala Lakota Nation, the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes, and the Klamath Tribes.

Over the past ten years, Friends of the Children has grown from 5 to 36 locations across the United States in rural, Indigenous, suburban, and urban communities. Our national network is collaborating with community leaders, school systems, government agencies, foundations, and youth and families themselves in every corner of the country to work toward a day where every child who needs a Friend has one.

Together, we are breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, increasing access to mental health supports, and empowering youth to reach for their dreams. Friends of the Children has set a bold goal around preventing youth from being impacted by the foster care system: by 2030 we want to reduce the number of 5-year-olds entering foster care by 10%.