Wayfinder Family Services is the place to turn for people facing the greatest challenges. We provide expert, individualized support and services to children, youth and adults, from those who have vision loss or profound special needs to foster youth with serious medical conditions or trauma, and their families.
We strive to empower individuals, support families and strengthen communities through our four overlapping areas of service.
Vision Loss Services
We provide multifaceted services to people of all ages and varying levels of vision loss.
Special Needs Services
Our special education school and residential programs nurture children and adults with disabilities.
Foster Care and Adoption Services
We help thousands of Southern California children find safe, caring homes each year.
Mental Health Services
Our emotional and behavioral services help children, youth and families overcome challenges.
Together, we’ll reach new heights!
Junior Blind provides a wide range of services to infants, children, teens and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled. Through unique programs that offer early intervention, education, recreation and rehabilitation, our students learn the skills that will help them overcome challenges, maximize their potential and achieve their highest level of independence. All services are offered free of charge.
Central and Northern California Programs Children's Services
REACH Mentoring Program Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) is Junior Blind's early outreach program for middle and high school students who are blind or low vision and interested in pursuing careers and/or higher education.
Youth and Adult Services STEP Community Workshops Junior Blind’s statewide STEP Community Workshops are designed to help teens and young adults identify areas of career interest and successfully transition to independent living, college or the workforce. Through community-based workshops and summer programs, highly-experienced staff work with employers, professionals, mentors and educators to provide students with hands-on experience, preparation and support to achieve individualized goals.
The Hatlen Center Students at The Hatlen Center for the Blind are truly living on their own: paying their own rent, choosing and cooking their own food, and traveling to meet real-life needs. Students are encouraged to solve their own problems, choose their own lifestyles and experience the consequence of their choices. We are witness to the fact that undertaking these challenges in a supportive environment is the best way to build a student’s confidence. Every part of the Hatlen curriculum is designed to address the individualized goals that will lead students to the last transition: a life of their own.
Junior Blind's recreational opportunities are offered throughout the state of California and provide youth who are blind or visually impaired with empowering and educational experiences. These trips are primarily attended by youth who reside in the Central and Northern California area.
Blind Babies Foundation As of July 1, 2014, Blind Babies Foundation became a program of Junior Blind. Blind Babies Foundation has been providing critical early intervention and education services to infants and preschoolers in Northern California who are blind or visually impaired since 1949. The program’s family-centered services are provided in the homes of the families we serve, encouraging every child’s development to the fullest degree possible with careful attention to their individual abilities and needs. Our Services Blind Babies Foundation’s services are designed to help increase visual functioning, sensory awareness, communication and social skills, as well as improve physical, cognitive and emotional development. Our program serves the child’s entire family by: Administering visual and developmental assessments Providing parent education and information supporting parent/child relationships Attending medical visits with families Supporting family advocacy skills Connecting the family to resources and additional agencies when appropriate Providing opportunities for families to meet and to learn from one another
Los Angeles Campus
5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Phone: (323) 295-4555
Toll Free: (800) 352-2290 Toll Free
Administrative Fax: (323) 296-0424
Nursing Department Fax: (323) 296-6852
Northern & Central California and Blind Babies Foundation Offices
2381 Mariner Square Drive, Suite 275
Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: (510) 446-2229
Toll Free: (888) 400-4522
35375 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265 Phone: (310) 457-5330
Fax: (310) 321-3493
The Hatlen Center
2430 Road 20, #B112
San Pablo, CA 94806-5006 Phone: (510) 234-4984
Fax: (510) 234-4986
Foster Family and Adoption Services Central Office, Whittier
13020 Bailey Street
Whittier, CA 90601 Phone: (562) 236-8200
Fax: (562) 236-8556
Foster Family and Adoption Services Satellite Office, Ontario
2990 Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 100
Ontario, CA 91764 Phone: (909) 483-2077
Fax: (909) 483-2081
Foster Family and Adoption Services Satellite Office, La Verne
1045 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750 Phone: (909) 305-1948
Fax: (909) 305-9822