FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.

We are about impacting people's lives in a meaningful way for successful re-entry to the family and community. Click to learn about our "success" stories.

FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.

FOLA addresses the needs of a forgotten part of our society – children and families with incarcerated loved ones. Help us help those in need.

We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.

From Dad's Back! to Parole to Payroll, we offer a range of programs to help the re-entry population have a better life. Click to learn more!

FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.

We help our clients become more self-sufficient to reduce recidivism while solving the problems of inter-generational crime and incarceration on families and communities. Get help now!

FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
Support us helping those in need.
Support us helping those in need.

Join the FOLA team and make a significant difference in your community. Please volunteer or donate today!

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Because of incarceration’s high cost, negative impact upon families, and overall failure to deter crime, Friends Outside in Los Angeles County believes that society at-large is not well-served by its reliance upon incarceration as the preponderant response to criminal behavior.

Meet Sam Spicer -- a True Success Story!

News & Announcements

  • Happy Spring!

    Won’t you join us for a friendly gathering on Saturday, May 13, 8:30 A.M., on the lovely grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum in support of our unique programs?  This event has been sponsored …
  • New Proposed Federal Budget Targets California Nonprofits

    There is great concern amongst nonprofit organizations about funding cuts to the federal budget as recently presented by President Trump.  Please take a few moments to read this article and take action as you see …
  • TheatreWorkers Project’s Artists Collaborate with FOLA

    TheatreWorkers Project’s artists collaborate with Friends Outside in Los Angeles County to provide opportunities for the formerly incarcerated and those on work release to begin to redefine their personal narratives through the art of theatre, movement, and writing. …
  • FOLA presents the 2016 Summit: Children of Incarcerated Parents

    Trauma, Toxic Stress and Protections – Thursday, December 1, 2016  |  9:00am – 3:00pm THE GRAND CONFERENCE CENTER 4101 East Willow Street • Long Beach, CA 90815 No Cost event made possible by Supervisor Don …
  • Join us for a Benefit in Support of Our Services for Children and their Families!

    Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 3:00-6:00 PM • Hear Directly from Our Families About Our Services • Silent and Live Auctions • Comedian Lauren Weedman (Cast, HBO’s “Looking”; Former Correspondent, Daily Show with Jon Stewart) • …