Caring is Contagious is a short fundraising film highlighting the pioneering work FOLA has done for almost fifty years serving the needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Several clients and staff members are featured in the film as well as FOLA’s executive director, Mary Weaver. See how our caring ripples forward and restores hope. fola_paypal-button *All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.


  • 2021 Year End Report

    2021 Year End Report – Friends Outside Los Angeles County

  • New Publication – Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Sex Offenses

    Friends Outside Los Angeles County is pleased to announce the release of its publication, “Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Sex Offenses.” Written in partnership with two researchers, Luis Barrera Castanon, Ph.D., and Marco Murillo, Ph.D., the publication is our final report that to the project funder, the California Workforce Development Board.

  • Fatherhood Project

    We are excited to announce the return of our reentry fatherhood program, the Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E.!

  • FOLA Stands Against Hate

    I am using this space to condemn racism of all kinds.  I hope that everyone who reads this post will take a moment to ask what they can do in defense of these appalling acts. 

  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

    While still grieving incalculable losses due to COVID, I am concerned that a possible palliative effect of this new year could be a false reassurance that somehow a new year will make our problems disappear.