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Extraordinary Families

Extraordinary Families is a leading foster and adoption agency in Los Angeles County dedicated to improving the daily lives and long-term outcomes of children in foster care.

A recognized leader in supporting the LGBTQ community, we recruit, train, and provide ongoing support to foster parents, who play an unparalleled role in providing stability and nurturing care to children until it’s safe for them to return to their family or by becoming their forever family through adoption.

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Helping Dads and Foster Kids Find Forever Families

Our Services

  • Foster Care Services: Recruit and train parents to foster a child.
  • Foster-Adopt: Join foster children and families through adoption.
  • UP4Youth: Support former foster youth as they transition into adulthood.
  • Policy and Advocacy: Advocate for child-centered policies.

Where We Work

  • California, specifically Los Angeles County

Our Key People

Barnaby Murff, CEO
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Barnaby Murff leads Extraordinary Families with more than 25 years’ experience in social and economic justice work. Her expertise guiding institutional advancement for LA-based nonprofits, such as The Music Center, The Colburn School, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust lends a holistic understanding to the complex challenges facing underserved communities. Her unique experience helping mothers welcome children into their families as a birth doula offers insight into the multifaceted needs of all families.


Barnaby is passionate about promoting and improving the quality of life for all children and families in foster care. Her in-depth knowledge of community development and collaboration puts Extraordinary Families at the forefront of best practices and child-centered policies. Under her leadership, Extraordinary Families is expanding its reach across sectors and building collaboration with partners in child welfare.  

Barnaby holds a Bachelors in Art History from the American University of Paris and is a proud parent of 3 incredible grown/ing women.   

“I am honored to carry on the legacy of our founder Sylvia Fogelman, who stated, ‘we find families for children, not children for families.’ Our trauma-informed approach puts the child first and foremost. Because every child deserves a safe and loving home.”

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EF Building, 9.2020

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