As featured in the  Malibu Times Magazine  in 2010.

As featured in the Malibu Times Magazine in 2010.

maria d’angelo-Founder & President

In the summer of 1993, Maria D’Angelo founded The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (CLF). Maria’s desire to work with young people stems from her initial experiences as a volunteer at a homeless shelter in Central Los Angeles, as well as her own experiences as an immigrant child in America, and her years teaching in New York. Watch the amazing People Magazine “Heroes Among Us” Video above, and read more about Maria D’Angelo’s story HERE


sean mcCaffery-Program director

Sean has been our Camp Director for over twenty years, and he has been an invaluable asset and mentor to the youth we serve. Starting his career working with youth at LA's BEST after-school program, Sean has helped develop the outdoor curriculum and programming for the past fifteen summer seasons, as well as creating the environment and schedules for the Care through College Program. Sean is also a youth basketball coach, fitness expert, and surf instructor.


francesca mcCaffery-COO & Director of development

Francesca has been working with the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation for over fifteen years; in this period of time, she has worked in almost every administrative and program capacity- as grant-writer, camp counselor, art director, and knows the inner workings of the CLF’s infrastructure, inside and out. Additionally, she has helped in the organization and execution of tens of fundraising events, acted as case worker, family liaison, and initiated new program initiatives. She graduated from NYU, and has worked on the senior administrative staff of “Stand-Up for Kids-L.A.” She has worked on films in Hollywood, is a writer, and has published essyas, articles, film criticism and artist interviews in Adbusters, Blackbook, the Utopianist, Vimooz, the Malibu Times and others publications.

founding staff

The CLF was founded by Maria D’Angelo, and her children, Francesca and Sean, have followed her example, and are founding staff members….We are a family that works to help other families, and have had the experience and challenges to comprise over 70 years of experience between us…

We have extremely low overhead expenses, and employ the use of an incredible volunteer network, and hire our amazing staff seasonally.