The founders of A Home Within understood the profound impact a single, lasting relationship could have in the life of a person who, through no fault of their own, is currently or has previously been in foster care. Today, we are carrying their vision forward with our nationwide network of over 500 volunteers around the country who have each committed to building a relationship with one individual by providing free one-to-one mental health services for as long as it takes. At A Home Within, we serve individuals of all ages who have experienced foster care.


With a mission to create and support lasting, caring relationships for individuals who have experienced foster care, A Home Within identifies, recruits, trains, and supports a network of licensed therapists who each provide free, weekly, one-to-one therapy to a single child, teen, or adult "for as long as it takes." For those impacted by foster care who often watch people move in and out of their lives, our model creates an anchor of support.


Our vision is that all individuals who have experienced foster care, regardless of age, are matched with a therapist who is willing to "walk the distance" with them to support the varied responses to trauma and to hold hope during their healing journey.


A small group of psychotherapists founded the organization as the Children’s Psychotherapy Project in San Francisco in 1994 with a mission to heal the wounds of complex trauma and ambiguous loss for current and former foster youth by providing individual, open-ended, relationship-based psychotherapy free of charge through local networks of volunteer clinicians. Incorporated as the nonprofit A Home Within in 2001, the organization rapidly grew, and today our network of 20 chapters of volunteer clinicians across 11 states serves over 500 individuals currently or previously in foster care.

Commitment to Diversity

A Home Within is committed to honoring and manifesting the diversity of our communities. We embrace and nurture diversity on every axis: racial and ethnic identity; language and culture; gender and sexual identity; economic circumstances; geographic location; training, discipline, and modality. Our organizational mission and goals are informed by our commitment to evidence-based interventions to address the social determinants of health for racial and ethnic minorities who have experienced foster care. We employ a multi-pronged approach that integrates research, clinical practice, and continuing education to shape and rebuild a field that is culturally responsive to the context, resiliency, and trauma impacting our clients. We commit resources to fostering the interconnectedness of our community, and continuously strive to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our staff, volunteers, clients, and stakeholders. We hold our organization accountable to shaping and rebuilding a field with and for the communities we serve.

At a Glance

16,000 hours of free therapy provided each year.
Over 600,000 youth in foster care nationwide need access to mental healthcare.
Over 500 therapists in 20 chapters across 10 states.