A Historical Connection
Crittenton has a long historical commitment to helping girls who have been trafficked as we are a part of a family of agencies throughout the United States whose social services origins start on the streets of New York in 1883.
Our historical mission begins with a wealthy industrialist, Charles Crittenton, was so moved by the plight of “wayward” women, many of them just young girls, that he founded the first Florence Crittenton Night Mission to rescue and restore these victims and to interrupt the cycle of poverty that often saw daughter follow mother to the streets.
Charles Crittenton was also concerned with the plight of young girls imported from other countries into a life of exploitation. In an article published at the turn of the century entitled “Trafficked Girls”, he laments the fate of Chinese girls brought to the West Coast to “service” railroad workers. Many things have changed since 1883, but sadly, the exploitation of women and children is still an issue today. The explosion of technology and social media has made it easier to “buy” women and children in a virtually anonymous and impersonal transaction.
As much as we’d all like a single, easy solution to this complex problem, there are no two trafficking victims whose stories – and needs – are identical. Some trafficking victims are ready to reclaim their lives and voluntarily seek help.
Unfortunately, many more are still emotionally dependent on their abuser and are intent on returning to the “life”, despite the best intentions of those who want to help.
Their road to recover will take many twists and turns, and requires a long-term commitment to working with them until they are truly ready for recovery.
Each youth that we serve is more than the sum of diagnoses, history, and labels. Our clients are all resilient and deserving of a bright future. They have hopes and dreams like the rest of us.
It’s not easy staying out of the “life” and it’s a journey oftentimes interrupted by recidivism. But at Crittenton there is no judgment and there is always a welcome back towards a path geared for health and stability.
Who Are the Clients Using Crittenton’s InSight Program
- Teenage girls (13-18 years of age)
- Have experienced multiple and repeated complex traumas
- Have serious emotional and behavioral issues
- May also be abusing drugs and alcohol
- May also be pregnant and parenting
- May also have severe mental health or PTSD issues
- AND all are commercially sexually exploited children
- We provide 24/7 short-term residential treatment services
- In-home or community-based treatment options (once residential services treatment is completed)
- Seeking Safety therapy process (evidenced-based practice)
- Integrated treatment of trauma, substance abuse and/or co-occuring disorders
- Culturally sensitive and gender-responsive programming
- Case management and intensive mental health services
- A medical services unit within our shelter
- Group home aftercare services (once client is ready to transition back into a home setting)
- Wraparound family and family preservation services
- Therapeutic behavioral services
- A trauma-informed continuing education setting and tutoring services
- Recreational and social outings
- Career and transitional housing specialists
- Transitional youth program services
- Independent living skills programming
- A full service daycare and parenting center for pregnant and parenting teen mothers
For More Information
All of the girls using Crittenton’s InSight Program are formally admitted clients in our short-term residential treatment center. Should you have any general questions about our program please feel free to connect with our intake department during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. We will do everything in our power to provide you with the answers you need, or refer you to an appropriate agency that may be able to assist.
*Please note that we primarily work with various governmental agencies throughout California responsible for the well being of system-involved youth. However, we are open to working with other community organizations, school-based professionals, or other state child welfare officials that need assistance finding their clients quality care.
- Crittenton’s Residential Treatment Center Intake Office: 714-680-9000 ext. 8220
- Learn about or donate to Crittenton’s InSight Program for Trafficked Girls
“I am a beautiful young woman. I love my son as much as he loves me. I will always have God by my side. He didn’t let me die. Crittenton Services is a good place and I am proud to say that my therapist has helped me out a lot. I am now transitioning the right way and I am getting a job. I know I have someone to turn to if I ever have difficulties staying out of the life. I am God’s child and I was put on this earth to tell other people why.” KR – A former Crittenton Youth and Human Trafficking Survivor