There are roughly 400,000 children in the United States in foster care. Approximately 14,000 live in New York City and 16,000 in Los Angeles.
For youth who age out of the foster care system, approximately:
20% struggle with homelessness
50% do not complete high school
40% are unemployed
36% are arrested
22% are incarcerated
50% of girls are pregnant within 12-18 months of leaving foster care.
Felix helps youth in foster care become tomorrow's leaders. Our young adults have become camp counselors. They have gone to college. And they have defied the statistics to achieve their unique dreams and goals.
The Felix Organization was founded in 2006 by Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Emmy Award-winning casting director, Sheila Jaffe after they connected through their shared experiences as adoptees and were inspired to share their good fortune with children who had not been “taken home” as they had.
In 2020, we created a Culture Book to encapsulate the philosophy, vision, and culture of The Felix Organization. Please read below.