Our Mission

Aviva believes every child and every family in our Los Angeles community deserves the chance for a brighter future.

We provide compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance to at-risk children & families.

Our Services

Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a nonprofit, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1915 and formerly known as Hamburger Home, Inc.

Our main program focus areas:

Children come to us as a result of:

  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Involvement with the juvenile justice system

Aviva is 260 staff members strong.  In 2016, we conducted +17,000 hours of individual therapy

For vulnerable children and families, Aviva is an unwavering beacon of hope.


Aviva has flourished for 100 years because of our ability to respond and evolve to meet the changing needs of the Los Angeles community.

From its modest beginnings in 1915, Aviva has grown exponentially, and now serves more than 6,500 children, youth and families each year. We help families and children (ages birth to 21), most of whom come from homes well below the federal poverty level.

Aviva Family and Children’s Services was founded in 1915 as the Ida Strauss Day Nursery and Settlement to provide daycare to children of working widows and mothers, and later, to arrange for adoptions of WWI orphans.

In 1919, the nursery was incorporated into the Jewish Alliance of Los Angeles, a communal residential facility for low-salaried, employed women. Having outgrown its previous building, the Hamburger Family financed a new residence in 1928, named Hamburger Home, to memorialize Asher and Hannah Hamburger, early founders of the May Company.

To meet the changing needs of the community, in 1966 the Board of Directors changed the organization’s mission to provide a therapeutic residence and services for adolescent girls with behavioral and emotional problems.

Hamburger Home remains our legal name, but today we do business as Aviva Family and Children’s Services to reflect our broad range of services from prevention, intervention to intensive treatment.

Non-discrimination policy

It is the policy of AFCS to conduct our relations with employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, disability, national origin, marital status, ancestry, medical condition including genetic characteristics, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws prohibiting discrimination. 



2017 Vol. 2

2017 Vol. 1

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report (PDF)

2015 Annual Report (PDF)