A Home Within

A Home Within promotes the emotional health of foster children and youth and those who care for them by creating and supporting lasting, caring relationships. Our direct services, professional training, public awareness and advocacy efforts focus solely on enhancing the emotional well being of the foster care community. We envision a world in which foster children are counted among those who have at least one adult who loves and cares for them.

A Home Within
2255 Van Ness Ste 203
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
(415) 621-1749
http://www.ahomewithin.org

Executive Director

Toni Heineman

Management Team

PhD null, Director null, Toni Heineman, Executive Director, D.M.H. - Executive Director & Founder, Wendy von Wiederhold, PhD - Local Chapters, Program Director, Molly Saeger, Local Chapters, Program Co-Director, Saralyn Ruff, Fostering Transitions, Jason Burdge, Director of Development, Jade Hoffman, Marketing Associate, Rene Fay, Referral Coordinator, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD null, Director null, Katharine Gould, MFA null, MSW null, Toni Heineman, DMH null, Executive Director, Michael Hansen, Treasurer null, Richard Hill, Johnny Madrid, Kira Steifman, President null, Zehra Vahanvaty, Jeff Sosnaud, The Hon. Donna Hitchens, JD (ret), D.M.H. - Executive Director & Founder, Wendy von Wiederhold, PhD - Local Chapters, Program Director, Molly Saeger, Local Chapters, Program Co-Director, Saralyn Ruff, Fostering Transitions, Jason Burdge, Director of Development, Jade Hoffman, Marketing Associate, Rene Fay, Referral Coordinator, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Executive Assistant

Project Leaders

Jade Hoffman

Mission

A Home Within promotes the emotional health of foster children and youth and those who care for them by creating and supporting lasting, caring relationships. Our direct services, professional training, public awareness and advocacy efforts focus solely on enhancing the emotional well being of the foster care community. We envision a world in which foster children are counted among those who have at least one adult who loves and cares for them.

Programs

A Home Within was established to meet the often-neglected emotional needs of foster youth by creating the caring and lasting relationships that they need to grow into strong and productive members of the community. Many young people in foster care are plagued with emotional and behavioral problems. They suffer from the effects of child abuse, neglect, the psychological trauma stemming from continuous upheaval and the lack of lasting relationships - including therapists that come and go. Unsurprisingly, outcomes for emancipated youth are alarming, with half unemployed, one-third on welfare, one-fourth homeless and one-fourth incarcerated. A Home Within's goal is to mitigate these negative effects by offering foster children a framework of stability and trust, which over time becomes a foundation of emotional security that can expand to other areas of the young person's world. We do this through our Clinical Program by building community networks of volunteer mental health professionals, each of whom agrees to see one current or former foster youth in weekly therapy. Evaluation of our work demonstrates that, even after one year, the children we serve show significant improvement in a variety of mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and dissociative states - all of which substantially interfere with emotional and cognitive development. Our premise is simple: "One child. One therapist. For as long as it takes."

Statistics on A Home Within

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $700,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $835,000
  • Other funding sources: 70% foundations 30% individual donors
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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