Articles And News


AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Mae Howard, San Diego County, CA Chapter

November 23, 2021

“Being part of the solution and making a commitment to one youth can have a valuable impact for an entire community.” Hi there, A Home Within Community! I’m Candice Simonds. As the CA Clinical Director for the A Home Within CASA Therapy Project, I lead our collaboration to expand telehealth to youth across the state.…

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The Transformational Power of Therapy

November 12, 2021

The Giving List’s mission is to help build strong and lasting relationships between philanthropic communities and the nonprofit organizations which not only serve as a critical safety net in their areas but are foundational to the functioning of a healthy and civilized society. A Home Within is proud to join that list of organizations in…

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kent, San Francisco County, CA Chapter

October 4, 2021

“Working with foster youth, I realized that was really where I needed to be, because kids who are in foster care need so much more support than a lot of people I have worked with.” Emily Kent always wanted to do something in the helping field. She knew she wanted to be a social worker…

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AHW Hudson Valley Chapter: Making a Connection and a Difference

September 26, 2021

As I have had the honor of getting to know and work with A Home Within clinicians and clinical directors, I have been struck by how unique each chapter is in both strengths and character.  In fact, it is one of the reasons I have found the group and individual meetings with clinical directors so…

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Earnshaw, Philadelphia, PA Chapter

September 13, 2021

“It’s an amazing experience. It gives therapists the opportunity to truly use their skills to help those who have experienced trauma, who wouldn’t usually have access to this type of assistance. You get this support network, the consultation groups, and continued education.” Several years ago, when Elizabeth Earnshaw and her husband were getting married, instead…

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Haake, Alameda County, CA Chapter

June 23, 2021

by Emma Mears “You have a chance to offer your professional expertise, which is of high value. You get to contribute your time and make an impact in your community and repair inequalities that we are becoming more aware of in terms of privilege, class, and race. You get to learn and connect to somebody…

Vanessa Hernandez

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa Hernandez, Alameda County, CA Chapter

June 7, 2021

“It is common for A Home Within clients to be unsure if we are going to be there for them long-term because they have made connections and lost them in the past. So just the idea that we are offering to be their therapists for as long as they want—that it’s in their control, not…

Sarah Campbell

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Campbell, Alameda County, CA Chapter

May 5, 2021

by Emma Mears “My work with A Home Within is one of the most important parts of my private practice.” Sarah Campbell didn’t always know she wanted to work with adolescents. Following the birth of her second child, Sarah began exploring a career change, preferring not to return to her previous job in marketing. While…

What former foster children went through when the COVID-19 pandemic closed college campuses

April 17, 2021

by Saralyn Ruff (Associate Professor of Psychology, University of San Francisco) and Deanna Linville (Associate Professor & Research Scientist of Mental Health, University of Oregon) The big idea In the first two months of the pandemic, more than half of former foster children lost their jobs and nearly 40% experienced precarious living situations or homelessless,…

A Home Within

April 6, 2021

by Emily Finch Emily Finch (she/her/hers) is a former member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC), and participates in a Portland support group facilitated by A Home Within. She has been writing poetry since she was 9 years old, the age she entered foster care. We are excited to share a beautiful poem by her,…