5 Resources for Single Parents in Southern California
As experienced employment lawyers, we have worked with a number of clients in the Los Angeles area who are single parents. While these clients have faced pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination due to a number of unlawful reasons, we’ve found that some have also been in need of other types of assistance in addition to our legal services.
This is why we decided to compile a list of excellent organizations and resources for single parents in Southern California and Los Angeles* that can help those in desperate need of support, housing, financial assistance and more.
Since 1991, A1 Domestic Professional Services has provided working, single parents in Southern California with exceptional childcare. Whether you need a Los Angeles-based nanny, after-school tutor or a babysitter for your special needs child, you can trust A1 to provide dynamic care for children in the form of meaningful relationships, healthy nutrition and mind-stimulating activities. All of A1’s nannies, tutors, babysitters and mother’s helpers are licensed, bonded, insured and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit project of Community Partners, The Early Childhood Parenting Center (ECPC) wishes to support and empower parents in the Los Angeles community to foster healthy development for their young children and provide a solid foundation for their social and emotional wellbeing. The organization has helped thousands of Los Angeles families with young children for over forty years. Their Santa Monica center provides support groups in the areas of parent-infant, parent-toddler, parent-preschooler art, grandparent-toddler, single parent and parent-only. They also provide single parents with one-on-one parent coaching and in-depth counseling. ECPC also provides parenting education, support and mental health intervention to high-risk families throughout Los Angeles. ECPC also provides training and supervision to mental health and early childhood interns plus continuing education to licensed professionals.
3.) Extended Family
Woodland Hills-based organization, Extended Family, is run completely by volunteers with all monetary donations going directly to single-parent families in need. The organization identifies single parents who are deserving of assistance and provides clothes, food, housing, transportation, medical, education and other expenses. The parents receiving assistance work hard, but simply need some extra help to make their lives and the lives of their children better. Extended Family works with other organizations to identify these single-parent families based on eligibility criteria such as employment status, demonstration of need for financial assistance and their social security numbers.
4.) Hands4Hope LA
North Hollywood-based, Hands4Hope LA, provides free and safe after-school support and activities for vulnerable families with youth ages 8+ from single-parent, minority and low-income households. The after-school environment extends the school day with arts, music, academics, homework assistance, tutoring, healthy food and physical activities to help Los Angeles children prosper.
Grassroots organization, Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) has been serving single parents in Southern California since 1995. After serving single mothers for a decade, the Board of Directors began to question the drop-in service model, which primarily provided emergency services to stabilize families in crisis. Since then, the Board reorganized to improve the quality and range of services to single-parent families. The dream of SMO is to start small businesses that employ single parents who have employment challenges due to the effects of domestic violence, or those families that struggle with disabilities.
Are there other Los Angeles or Southern California resources for single parents that you would add to our list? Let us know about them in the comments.
Are you a single parent facing discrimination at work due to your pregnancy or other illegal employer behaviors? The passionate Los Angeles employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz can help. Contact us today for your free consultation.
*Disclaimer: This list is provided as a mere reference guide and Hennig Ruiz is not affiliated with the companies and organizations mentioned.