Youth Homes Incorporated

Agency Goals

Our goal is to reunify families, whenever possible. And, our support systems and counseling services actively involve families in creating their own success. For some children, it’s just not possible, or at least—not in the immediate future. So, we focus on creating the warmest, healthiest, most supportive alternatives we can—either in one of our residences, with a healthy family member or with a foster family. Young people need to be smart, need to be lifelong learners to flourish in a complex world. So, we focus on academic success and preparation for higher education and the world of work. Whatever it takes—a tutor, extra homework help, assistance in filling out a college application or financial aid form—with help from our volunteers and supporters, Youth Homes gets it done.

Our Mission Statement

Youth Homes provides a safe place for foster youth to heal and grow.


Founded in 1965 by citizens concerned that troubled youth were consigned to the criminal justice system, Youth Homes has assisted thousands of children. We began by providing group homes with in-home counseling. We are the oldest, continually operating children’s residential program in Contra Costa County. Faced with new challenges, public agencies turned to us to create new and innovative programs to serve foster children in emergency situations. Today, we provide a comprehensive system of care—we assist traumatized youth through crisis shelters, private foster home placement, group homes and community based behavioral counseling, which helps prevent out-of-home placement.

Who We Serve

In 2011, an estimated 58,000 children lived in foster homes in the state of California.When the courts move a child from his/her home due to abuse or neglect, the child welfare system places that child in a foster care home, preferable with relatives. When a safe environment cannot be found among relatives, children enter non-kin foster homes or group homes. The long-term goal is safe reunification with parents or another permanent plan, such as adoption.

Youth Homes assists traumatized youth via emergency shelters, private foster home placement, group homes, and community based counseling. We work to find a kinship or foster family to make a long-term commitment to each child. Youth 17-20 leaving our care receive ongoing counseling via Aftercare™ Services. Mentor Program volunteers provide reliable adult connections for residential and emancipated clients.