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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Family Services, Foster Care, Human Services, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to meet the need for quality human services for vulnerable children and families in California. Incorporated in 1975, we are among California’s largest youth and family service agencies, serving over 25,000 children and family members annually.

Results: Aspiranet is of California’s largest service providers for foster care youth, offering youth the tools and support they need to become responsible, successful adults. Aspiranet provides residential-based services to help troubled youths successfully integrate back into family and community settings, recruits and supports foster care parents, facilitates care and adoption of foster children, and assists youth who are aging out of foster care in securing a safe place to live, ongoing education, and employment. Research confirms that five protective factors increase family stability, enhance child development, and reduce child abuse and neglect: • Parental resilience • Knowledge of parenting and child development • Social connections • Social and emotional competence of children • Concrete support in times of need. Based on the premise that children and communities thrive when families are healthy and strong, Aspiranet provides a variety of family strengthening and support services including: Counseling and Therapy Services; Intensive Home-Based Services; and Education and Enrichment Services. Partnering with established providers of school-based programs throughout the state, Aspiranet operates a variety of in-school and after-school programs that enable at-risk youth to develop their talents and achieve their full potential as individuals and as contributing members of their communities.

Target demographics: Children, Youth and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 25,000 children and families

Geographic areas served: Aspiranet has family support programs in 44 rural, urban and suburban locations throughout California.

Programs: Aspiranet is a recognized leader in the development of innovative services for vulnerable youths and families. As a multi-service agency addressing a wide range of family support needs, our mission is brought to life through three primary areas of focus: • Foster Care and Adoption Services • Services to Strengthen and Support Families and Youth • School-Based Programs

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I was an employee.....I
enjoyed helping the community for many years and would probably have stayed there for the rest of my career. Unfortunately the upper management hired a manager who was basically incompetent and unable to get very much done but was an expert at covering her mistakes.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been serving in a part time role as an Encore Fellow for Aspiranet since last summer and have now garnered a wide exposure to the organization, both from a Headquarters and Field perspective. I have been very impressed with the caliber and dedication of individuals that I have crossed paths with that work for Aspiranet, many of which have several years of service with the organization. I have been particularly impressed with Aspiranet Case Workers (or "Life Coaches" as they are called in San Bernadino) who frequently go "above and beyond" to help their young adult client population. This can include helping execute an "emergency" move on a week-end, or going to the grocery store to assist with shopping and household budget management.

Review from Guidestar