Our history


Youth Homes is the oldest continually operating children’s residential program in Contra Costa County, founded more than half a century ago by compassionate citizens who were concerned that troubled youth were routinely consigned to the criminal justice system.

Youth Homes has evolved to meet the changing needs of the children and families we serve. Our original model centered around group homes exclusively, and this commitment remains at the heart of who we are. Over the years we have expanded our continuum of care to include fully integrated post-residential treatment support. We provide an array of services to help children transition through the different phases of their experience in the foster care system or prevent them from entering into it. This includes family strengthening, reunification or launching into independent adulthood — always with the goal of creating a permanent place for children to live.  

Youth Homes’ history is rich with partnerships. Our partners’ financial support and program expertise greatly enhance what we’re able to do. The county Department of Health, Behavioral Services, Department of Employment and Human Services, and the Probation Department are not only referral sources but essential collaborators in the work we do. Community-based partners include sister organizations, the Youth Homes Auxiliary, the Alamo Women’s Club, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and many other public and private friends. 


when seeds bloom.

Today, Youth Homes' annual budget is $7.8M. But in 1965 when Youth Homes opened its first group home, the facility was financed by people in the community. They raised $15,000 in seed money, meeting the needs for children who otherwise might have been funneled into the criminal justice system.