Stanford Youth Solutions


Inspiring sustainable change for young people and their families and empowering them to solve serious challenges together.

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Address: 8912 Volunteer Lane
Sacramento, CA 95826
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Laura Heintz, Psy.D.
Contact Email: kzaragoza@youthsolutions.org
Primary Phone: 916-344-0199
Website: http://www.youthsolutions.org
Established in 1900 through a generous bequest from Jane Lathrop Stanford, the widow of the late California governor Leland Stanford, Stanford Youth Solutions (formerly Stanford Home for Children) is a visionary organization with a rich history of leading the transformation of children's and family services in Sacramento. Stanford Youth Solutions has served as an orphanage, a residential home, a school, and operated multiple group homes - always focused on children to help them strengthen family connections. In 1995, Stanford Youth Solutions implemented nationally recognized, evidence-based models in every program offered and moved to serving children and youth in their own environments to promote the permanent and positive change needed. In 2006, Stanford Youth Solutions led the market by making the groundbreaking decision to close its group homes in order to address the significant cost of residential care programs and negative impact these environments had on the youth and the communities supporting them. Today, Stanford Youth Solutions empowers youth and families to solve serious challenges that threaten their ability to stay together. We provide intensive, individualized, and proven programs for young people and families in difficult circumstances.
Every two minutes in the United States a child is removed from their home by CPS, a traumatic and life altering experience for children who end up in the Foster Care System. Every child needs a family. A family provides a compass from birth to death. Sadly in California today, there are 62,000 children who have been removed from their families and their homes. And right here in the Sacramento region, there are over 4,000 children waiting for a home. The team at Stanford Youth Solutions wraps a blanket of services around these children and their families. Our Community-based mental health and social services help children heal from trauma. Services such as Family Education, Psychiatric Support, Parent and Child Interactive Therapy, and an Intensive Treatment Foster Care program. At Stanford Youth Solutions our success is measured by the number of permanent family connections - currently, we reunite or connect a child with a permanent family placement 80% of the time. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Unrestricted - Stanford Youth Solutions leads our community in providing alternatives to institutional care for youth. We provide mental health services, community-based family support, and foster care services. Unrestricted funding would support the following types of efforts: -Trauma-informed care and evidence based treatment training for staff -The expansion of family-centered, community based services -Resource/kinship family recruitment, retention, and support -Specialized training for foster/resource families -Parent education and mentoring (Peer Partner Services) -Independent living/transition services for teens -Family preservation, stabilization, and reunification support -Permanent placement services and supports for foster youth -Professional development and staff retention support -Program deficits 2. Funding: Program - Program: Lifeline Fund. Funding for this program provides food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and/or social activities, such as after school programs. Funding is dedicated to providing resources for children and families in need. Examples of use: -A family received assistance to pay for a phone bill, enabling them to maintain a safety plan -A 9-year old foster child received tutoring services to catch up to their grade level -Families purchased school clothes for their children -A child was able to attend summer camp, whose family otherwise could not afford the activity -A teen received a uniform for ROTC, to help achieve education and vocational goals 3. Other - Please Describe - We are in need of qualified, loving, stable homes for foster youth. All of our Foster Care services (including Standard Treatment Foster Care and Intensive Services Foster Care) are focused towards permanency for youth - "a permanent connection to a safe, stable, and nurturing family." The program utilizes concurrent planning, which provides several paths for youth to obtain a lifelong family connection. The first and best option is to reunify the youth with their birth family. At the same time, Stanford Youth Solutions works to identify a family who is willing to make a lifelong commitment to the youth, if reunification is not possible. When you decide to become a foster parent (now referred to as a resource family), the most important decision you will make is with which agency to partner. Stanford Youth Solutions gives foster parents/resource families the complete support they need to successfully care for youth who desperately need safe, loving families to call their own in the greater Sacramento area. 4. Funding: Program - Program: Back-to-school Drive. Each year, prior to beginning the school year, every youth (and their siblings) being served through Stanford Youth Solutions receives a brand new backpack filled with brand new school supplies. Funding for this program will be used to purchase new backpacks and school supplies so each youth in service (and siblings in the home) go back to school prepared for success. 5. Volunteers - Stanford Youth Solutions is always looking for community volunteers to help with various projects throughout the year.
Stanford Youth Solutions empowers young people and their families to solve serious challenges that impact their lives. More than two-thirds of youth in our care reconnect to a safe, permanent family - which means that they leave the child welfare system and grow up with a lifetime of love and support. Through our innovative, proven, national models of care, youth in the community learn life skills and overcome past trauma. Rather than being a negative force in their home or communities, they become productive. Rather than repeating the cycle of violence or neglect that they have experienced, they become stable, functioning adults.
-- Laura Heintz, Psy.D., CEO