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Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Group Homes, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Youth Homes provides a safe place for foster youth to heal and grow. We envision a world where former foster kids lead healthy, productive, and whole lives.

Results: Please visit our website to view our impact.

Target demographics: Abused and traumatized youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 +

Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County

Programs: Since 1965, the Youth Homes team has provided services for young people who have experienced multiple traumas, abuse and neglect. What drives us is simple: helping young people heal and empowering them to lead lives of meaning. We serve families and young people (ages 4-25) in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a special emphasis on Contra Costa County. Because foster care is complex and expensive (both in the expertise required and in the resources needed), Youth Homes is one of the last remaining intensive treatment residential foster care agencies in the East Bay. The sad reality is this: The young people who are referred to us have nowhere else to turn. For more than five decades, our commitment to these at-risk young people has been seven simple words: We never give up on a kid. We have extraordinary practitioners in essential areas — mental health, behavioral health, residential treatment and care coordination. These resources — along with a gifted, dedicated staff, a hard working board, donors, volunteers and, most importantly, children and families who allow us into their lives — enable us to focus on doing the best work possible with every child in our care. In addition to providing short term residential treatment in our four state licensed homes, Youth Homes provides a broad array of community based programs. To learn more, please visit www.youthhomes.org.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Youth Homes is an organization that touches the heart. It reaches out to youngsters who really need help, youngsters in the Foster Care system that don’t have a chance in life without a home, the love, the care, the training, and the mentoring provided by Youth Homes . To visit these kids when they first arrive in the homes, kids who have been beaten and abused in every way possible, kids who have been dealt a bad card in life and have no idea why and no longer trust anyone, is heart wrenching.
With loving care Youth Homes rebuilds their self-esteem, ensures school attendance and provides a stable home, one they will not be turned away from, no matter what. Youth Homes teaches self-respect and responsibility and care that are provided twenty four hours a day, seven days a week by dedicated counselors.
It is overwhelming to visit with many youth who have graduated out of Youth Homes and are now living a successful, independent and meaningful life.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a former Foster Dad. I know first hand how frightening and disruptive it is for young people to be taken from their home, no matter how horrible the circumstances. Many children are so traumatized and damaged that conventional foster placement won't work. Youth Homes provides a safe and caring environment for kids that don't fit anywhere else. They wrap around teh child emotional and mental health support to help them heal and grow strong. In this time, of shrinking health and welfare budgets, Youth Homes is one of very few Not For Profit organizations still delivering services that bring impact and promise to kids that have been victimized. Youth Homes Never Gives Up On A Kid!



Rating: 5

Youth Homes, a non-profit organization working with abused and neglected children and adolescents in Contra Costa County, has a wonderful mission and commitment to turn away no child. I have found them to be a well-run, low-overhead organization that has changed the lives of many children. With 40 years of service, they have one of the best track records of any organization serving foster kids in Northern California. They also have a cadre of truly high quality supporters and donors who contribute much time and funds to the youth and the organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Youth Homes for 3 years. One of the things that drew me to the agency is their very high success rate with kids. In the foster care world, success is measured by how many children leave your program on a "planned discharge" basis. The kids served by Youth Homes and other group home agencies are those who have serious issues to address before they can return to family-based living. Leaving under a Planned Discharge means their treatment goals have been met and they are now ready for a less intensive level of services. Statewide only 50% of foster kids leave on a planned discharge basis, where as 80% of our kids depart on this basis. This is a tribute to the fine care provided by our counselors and clinicians who work with the kids while they live in our homes. They are truly dedicated, and really "never give up on a kid".