Pam Norris was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She received a B.S. degree in Psychology from U.C.L.A and her Master's degree in counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.
In 1976, Pam began her career working with foster youth at MacLaren Hall. She transferred to the field as a Los Angeles County Children's Service Worker placing foster youth in group homes and foster homes & became disheartened and unsatisfied with the group homes that were available for teenage girls. In 1983, she left the county to open her first group home for foster girls, Norris Group Home.
Over the past 30 years, Pam has touched the lives of hundreds of young girls in the foster care system. Some of the girls made a special connection and bond with Pam. They connected with her genuine desire to make life better for them by providing them with the nurturing, guidance, and love they deserved.
These girls are mature women who are mothers, wives, professionals, executives, entertainment managers, social workers, therapists, nurses and other occupations. They beat the odds of ending up homeless, unemployed, incarcerated, or dead before the age of 25. These young women and their success in life is what has motivated Pam throughout 30 years. Pam has continued her calling in life and will stay dedicated at taking care of God's children until He relieves her of this calling.
Making Dreams a Reality for Children
The Dream Catcher Foundation (DCF) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization. It is our mission to provide a comprehensive therapeutic program that addresses the behavioral, emotional and educational needs of foster youth. It is also our mission to reunite every foster youth with their biological family or a foster family to promote permanency in their lives.
Honoring Executive Director Pam Norris
On January 1, 2009, The Dream Catcher Foundation began operating Group Homes (residential facilities) under the direction of Pam Norris.
The program has over 30 years of history providing residential care services to Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Probation. The program provides quality care and services to foster youth (girls) ages 8 to 17 years old.