HISTORY

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. Incorporating as the non-profit A Home Within in 2001, AHW rapidly grew to its current network of 19 chapters of volunteer clinicians across 10 states serving 210 young people currently or previously in foster care.

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VISION

Our vision is that all children who experience foster care are provided this essential support, ensuring that as they transition from foster care, regardless of which stage of life they are in, they have the inner tools they need to thrive. By matching youth with experienced therapists, we address the trauma and disruption inherent to foster care, help youth manage stress and anxiety, and develop the inner tools they need to become healthy adults.

MISSION

With a mission to create and support lasting, caring relationships for children and youth in 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 foster youth "for as long as it takes." For foster youth who often watch people move in and out of their lives, our model creates an anchor of support.

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REQUEST THERAPY

We provide open-ended, individual psychotherapy, free of charge, to current and former foster youth.

VOLUNTEER WITH US

We recruit qualified therapists to provide pro bono therapy to one current or former foster youth.

OUR ONLINE TRAININGS

Our trainings are designed to help non-clinicians understand the effects of trauma and respond in ways that promote growth and healthy relationships.

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“Thank you for doing such amazing work. I have had A Home Within therapist for over 10 years now and he has transformed my life. I would not be where I am today without him. I still have weekly sessions. I hope to one day be one of your volunteer therapists so I can give back even more.” —R., A Home Within Client