Mission: connect. advocate. empower. Expanding opportunities for youth, young adult and family well-being.

Vision: A world where former foster kids lead healthy, productive and whole lives.

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. 

Every child is different. Every family is different. But we find a way to engage all of them and help them initiate change in their lives. There is no one size fits all. That means we customize our approach to address the unique needs of each child and each family. 


“Let the people (at Youth Homes) help you; that’s why they are here. Life gets hard, but you’ll get through it if you learn to express yourself.”
—Former Andersen House Client, age 17


we never close.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year — that’s when Youth Homes staff members are on duty. On Leap Year, it’s 366 days.