Learn about the history, mission,
and values of Vista Del Mar.

The history of Vista Del Mar is a story of evolution: from the first cottage-style orphanage in Southern California to an innovative leader in educational, mental health, autism, adoptions and early intervention services. As the needs of our community have changed, Vista Del Mar has always met those challenges with compassion and cutting edge treatment programs.

Since 1908 we’ve watched Los Angeles grow up around us and the needs of the children and families we serve grow more complex. But one thing hasn’t changed: we’re still here to help. To read more of our story, please click here.


Vista Del Mar provides comprehensive, family-centered social, educational, and behavioral health services, which encourage children, adolescents and their families to lead self-reliant, stable, and productive lives.


Our primary concern is the well-being of those we serve without regard for ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious preferences, or physical challenges.
We value professional quality and excellence in all aspects of our treatment, evaluation, training, and research.

We value all staff and volunteers, striving to be a workplace which achieves equal opportunity, mutual respect, and teamwork.

We take a leadership role which anticipates and responds to rapidly changing needs in the community.


Our nationally recognized clinical programs have been awarded a Gold Seal by the Joint Commission, the highest level of accreditation possible. Our educational facilities are fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and our graduate degree program is recognized around the world for the high quality of its instruction.


The Joint Commission Public Notice