The Los Angeles Youth Network provides services and housing to foster care youth through our Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP). The goal of LAYN’s STRTP is to dismantle the barriers that could prevent a foster youth from thriving in a family-based setting. The program serves youth, ages 11-19, who have been diagnosed by the Department of Mental Health as having severe emotional and behavioral challenges that require specialty mental health services.

Our clinical team begins to address those challenges immediately upon intake, working with the youth to create an individualized treatment plan that ensures ongoing participation in one-on-one and group therapy sessions that are guided by evidence-based treatment methods. Our Support Services staff also work with each youth to promote their educational attainment, prepare them for employment, and teach critical life skills.

Each STRTP youth begins their residency with the support of a Child and Family Team that will continue to advocate for them after they have transitioned to a home-based setting. And once they have exited the STRTP, LAYN remains a part of that team. The follow-up services that we provide through our Aftercare Program ensure that a former resident can always rely on our staff to help them maintain stability and a positive sense of the future.

LAYN’S STRTP is a SAFE PLACE for LGBTQ youth and is co-ed.


  • Ages 11-19
  • Six-month housing program, with possible extension
  • Congregated living
  • School enrollment, tutoring
  • Post-secondary education preparation
  • Career development & job placement
  • Life skills and instruction on self-advocacy
  • Mental health services
  • Leadership training
  • Internships
  • Cultural and enrichment activities that celebrate diversity
  • Case management
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Support in securing permanency through family reunification, transitional housing, or independent living arrangements

To receive services please call 323-703-7002.