There are many ways you can get involved and help improve the lives of children and youth in foster care.

Foster a Child




First and foremost, you can open your heart and home and become a resource parent. There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States and over 20,000 children within LA County alone, all in need of a supportive and safe place to call home. You can specialize in providing emergency placement, short-term placement for children in need of immediate care until an appropriate resource home is secured; foster care only, temporary care for children until they are able to reunify with family or be placed with an adoptive family; or foster-to-adopt, fostering with the hope and intent to adopt.

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If you are not able or ready to become a resource parent, you can become a mentor for our youth and young adults. Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone invested in them, someone who cares about them, affirms they matter, and assures they are not alone in navigating their daily challenges. Further, research confirms that quality-mentoring relationships have profound positive effects on young people. 

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There are also many volunteer opportunities beyond mentoring. For instance, you can attend one of our mentoring events as a guest speaker and share your experiences and expertise. Primary topics of interest include job readiness, financial management, and education preparation. You can also host an event or sponsor our youth to attend an event. 

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Extraordinary Families graciously accepts donations of many kinds. Explore below for ways to give:

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Make a Donation by Mail

Donate directly with a credit card, or with a personal or business check payable to “ExtraordinaryFamilies.” Please use this form.


Other Ways to Donate


You shop. Amazon gives. When you shop on AmazonSmile and select ExtraordinaryFamilies as your charitable recipient, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase back to us. Donating has never been easier. Click here to learn more or to sign up and shop with AmazonSmile. 

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Make tax-deductible contributions on your behalf as well as in honor of or in memory of friends and family. You can also designate your gift for a specific purpose. Be sure to include the name of the person being honored or remembered and/or let us know if you want to remain anonymous.


In-kind donations may include gift cards or certificates, passes to theme parks, sporting, music or cultural events, new toys, new clothing for children babies or youth, and other new items. Please contact us at 213-365-2900 or [email protected] if you would like to make an in-kind donation.

Honor/ Memorial Contributions

You can make contributions in honor of or in memory of friends and family. Please either donate online or mail a check. Be sure to include the name of the person being honored or remembered and let us know if you want to remain anonymous.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer a charitable matching gift program which can double the value of your contribution. To find out if your company participates in this program, contact your Human Resources Department. If your company matches gifts, complete your portion of the company’s matching gift form and include it with your contribution.

Gifts of Securities

You can support Extraordinary Families with a gift of appreciated shares of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Donating securities that have appreciated in value since initial purchase may provide significant tax advantages. Consult your tax advisor for details specific to your situation.

Gifts for Children & Youth

Children and youth receive gifts when entering our foster homes, on their birthdays, during the holidays and just because. Further, youth preparing to transition out of foster care or who have already emancipated need incidentals to help them along their way towards self-sufficiency. We also rely on the generosity of friends and community supporters to provide additional items needed by our agency. Contact us here for a list of gift suggestions or needed items.

Contact: Please contact our Director of Philanthropy Barnaby Murff at 213-365-2900 or [email protected] if you have any questions regarding donations.

ExtraordinaryFamilies is a 501(c)(3) organization (TAX ID #95-4440220). Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for your own tax planning.

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