Since 1856 Maryvale has cared for orphaned, abused and neglected children, evolving into a social welfare organization, nurturing traumatized youth in the foster care system. Founded by the Daughters of Charity in the mid-1800s, Maryvale is the oldest children's charity in Los Angeles and the first orphanage in the region. Maryvale’s programs now include a 24-hour, mental health services-based Residential Program for severely abused girls, ages 13 to 18 and a 24-hour Emergency Placement Center that provides mental health and assessment services in a safe and caring environment for 6 to 12 year old boys and girls; a Community-Based Services Program to strengthen and support struggling families; and two Early Education Centers.
Maryvale's Mission, inspired by the compassionate service of our Vincentian Founders, faithful to Catholic Social Teaching rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the charism of the Daughters of Charity, is to heal, empower and educate children and families to instill hope for a more fulfilling future. We do this by providing residential, educational, mental health and community-based services in an environment of dignity, love and respect.