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Review for Youth Homes Incorporated, Walnut Creek, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories told by kids who have left our programs and are now successfully living independently.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what they are doing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping to take care of and provide for these kids whose families cannot or will not, through no fault of the kid. Everyone deserves to be cared for in their childhood.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, devoted, tenacious and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

-provide our kids with more than the $250 per year for clothing the state provides -help our kids through college and into a true adulthood, rather than emancipating them at 18 as the state provides.

Ways to make it better...

the state would live up to its obligations to fund the care of these kids at a descent level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that the state does not fund the care of these kids at the cost. We lose money each month on our group homes. This was not the case 10 years ago, but until last January, foster care rates had not been raised in 8 years. The 5% increase last Jan. did not come anywhere near to matching inflation over that period.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rightly or wrongly, we, the collective population of the state, are the parents of these kids - we are all they have. It is our collective responsibility to see that they receive the care they need until they can provide for themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & serve on the executive board, helping with strategic planning, financial review, policy making, and program quality review.