January 25, 2022
Friends of the Children Meets 25th Location Expansion Goal Three Years Early
Friends of the Children celebrates the announcement of our forthcoming 25th site, located in Phoenix, Arizona
Friends of the Children celebrates the announcement of our forthcoming 25th site, located in Phoenix, Arizona. This newest chapter in the Friends of the Children national network signifies a bold success for our organization, which made a commitment in 2019 to scale from 18 to 25 locations by 2025. The growth of our network means Friends will create even greater impact for children across the country, leveraging our proven model for prevention and intervention of foster care and the promotion of systems change.
“It felt audacious in 2019 to say we would expand to 25 locations by 2025. But here we are—we’ve met the challenge three years early,” said Terri Sorensen, national CEO of Friends of the Children. “This is an extraordinary milestone for Friends of the Children. We will be able to empower thousands more youth across the country to build the bright futures they deserve.”
Scaling the Friends of the Children model was possible because of multi-million dollar investment from key funders, including: AT&T, Ballmer Group, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Echo Fund, King Philanthropies, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Quest Foundation, SCHEELS, Silver Family Foundation, Social Innovation Fund, Stand Together Foundation, Tykeson Family Foundation, Why Not You Foundation, and individuals including Friends of the Children founders Duncan and Cindy Campbell, longtime partners Greg and Michele Goodwin, Bob and Dottie King, basketball legend Michael Jordan, Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson and GRAMMY award-winning artist Ciara.
“Our work is about ensuring children have the love and support they need,” said Friends of the Children Founder Duncan Campbell. “I never want any child to have the childhood I had. I am so thankful and proud that Friends of the Children will be serving more families than ever.”