While working as a social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services for Los Angeles County, I discovered the crucial need for quality care for children in the foster care services system, so I established the Fred Jefferson Memorial Home for Boys.
As a social worker, I witnessed firsthand how abused children were emotionally wounded. Many children also experienced great difficulty developing healthy relationships and creating a gratifying productive life.
As a result of these experiences, I sought out to assist children in foster care by creating an exceptional organization that is culturally familiar with the needs of the community it serves.
My mission was and still is to provide children and their families with success tools needed to become productive members of the community, while creating and maintaining a nurturing, safe and therapeutic environment that meet the specialized needs for the individuals served and their families through a continuum of services. As an agency our goal is to develop an environment that gives individuals the opportunity to build their self-esteem and make positive life choices, while supporting their interpersonal, social, and emotional needs.
It has been a great honor to continue to serve as CEO of Fred Jefferson Memorial Home For Boys and to have watch how the agency grew so rapidly since its doors opened in 1989. The growth of the agency includes areas of foster care, group homes/STRTP, adoption, education and mental health.
I take great pride in what Fred Jefferson Memorial Home For Boys has been able to accomplish over the twenty nine years that it doors have been open. Our Vision and Values will continue to be for the agency to continue to evaluate the quality of services offered to the population we serve. This could not be done without input and recommendations from our staff, board members, stakeholders and community partners. The improvement of our mission, vision, and values have been the key to our success.
Cecilia Jefferson-Freeman, Ph.D.