In 1973, Dr. Donald and Lois Verleur took in four teenage girls, and opened their first home for children in Orange County, California. Drawing from the olive tree in the front yard and the idea of a family crest--Olive Crest--a name symbolizing "peaceful family" was born. Over the years, Olive Crest has become a leading organization for adoption, preventing child abuse and advocating for at risk children and families. Our mission is creating strong families and keeping kids safe…“One Life at a Time.”®” Since its inception, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 70,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. Historically, Olive Crest has accomplished its mission by providing Group Home Care, Foster Care, Adoption, Educational Services, and Clinic-based mental health services to families referred by County agencies. While Olive Crest will continue to provide these services, meeting the changing needs of the families of Los Angeles now requires a more proactive approach. Established, proven, and respected, Olive Crest has proudly served the greater Los Angeles area since 1988. Our office locations in Bellflower, Glendale, and Long Beach provide a broad spectrum of care for children and families throughout Los Angeles County. We are running to give hope and a bright future for every child that has been abused, neglected, and abandoned. Support Olive Crest today and make a difference in the lives of children!