Free to Be Programs

Serving Developmentally Disabled Individuals Since 1984

COVID-19 Update: We are currently open for business during our normal hours and are following all safety guidelines required by the CDC and LA county.

Our Mission

The mission of Free To Be Programs is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals who are challenged by severe learning and behavioral difficulties associated with a developmental disability.

What We Do

We feel that this mission can best be served by developing and supporting the placement of individuals with severe physical, learning, and behavioral challenges in a “support family” environment, with “support parents” who have the skills to help the individual develop to his or her full potential and to overcome their behavioral challenges.


Free To Be Programs focus on finding foster family homes for developmentally disabled individuals, training our volunteer families on behavioral therapies, and then placing children and adults with our certified families. 

Free to Be Services

We help place developmentally disabled children and adults in family homes that have been certified by our agency. Our placement families have been thoroughly screened and have completed a comprehensive training on working with individuals who have special needs.  

We understand that not everyone is equipped to care for a developmentally disabled individual. It is a brave choice to ask for help and look to provide your family member with an enriched quality of life and care.

Training & Ongoing Support for Families

Have you ever thought about becoming fostering? If so, we’d encourage you to consider fostering a special needs individual. It’s both a rewarding and very supported experience. Our potential foster families receive training in behavioral therapies and life skills for developmentally disabled individuals. They are also provided with financial support once a match is made to assist with the care of their foster child or adult.

Free to Be is not just a placement service – we are so much more. We are your support system as you take a new member into your home. Our staff visits weekly to help you and your foster child or adult set goals, create plans for growth, and talk about challenges.

Do you have a big heart and the desire to make a difference? Learn more about becoming one of our amazing foster families!