Free to Be Programs

Serving individuals with developmental disabilities 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 support homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, training our volunteer families in positive behavior support approaches and then placing children and adults with these specially trained support families.

Free to Be Services

We help place children and adults with developmental disabilities in family homes that have been approved by our agency.  Our support families have been thoroughly screened and have completed comprehensive training to prepare them to work with individuals with special needs.

We understand that not everyone is equipped to care for an individual with developmental disabilities.  It is a brave choice to ask for help and look to provide your family member with an enriched quality of life and care in our of our support homes.

Training & Ongoing Support for Families

Have you ever considered caring for someone with disabilities in your home? If so, we encourage you to consider becoming a support parent with our agency.  It’s a rewarding and positive experience that makes a big difference in someone’s life.  Our potential support families receive training in positive behavior support approaches and life skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Support families receive financial support to assist with the care needs of individuals placed in the home.

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 the person you are serving to set goals, create plans for growth, and to 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!