Children of the Night

Note: The Children of the Night program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Children of the Night has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Services for Victims, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Children who have been sexually exploited as prostitutes

Brief Description

Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America's children from the ravages of prostitution.

The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. The program provides taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America's child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in its home.

The Children of the Night hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from their pimps.

The Children of the Night home features an on-site school and college placement program. After youngsters complete the rigorous and comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Children of the Night.


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Markman, J. (2009, December 8). Rescued child prostitutes not receiving help. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from

Contact Information

Name: Lois Lee, PhD, JD
Title: Founder and President
Phone: (818) 908-4474 x125
Fax: (818) 908-1468

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013