History of Innovation
Aspiranet is a recognized leader in the development of innovative services that boost youth resilience, nurture family well-being, and reduce the occurrence of child abuse and neglect. For four decades, our culture of innovation has produced a series of advancements that have elevated the standard of care.
Here are some milestones in the evolution of our home, school and community-based services:
2015 25,000 Youth and Families Served Annually
Aspiranet serves more than 25,000 youth and their families annually, providing more than 400,000 days of service. With an annual budget of $56M and 900 credentialed and caring staff, Aspiranet is one of the largest children and family services agencies in California.
2014 Alternative Education
Fusion Charter School was founded for under-performing and behaviorally-challenged students in grades 7-12 who were having difficulty progressing in a traditional school environment. The School employs a blend of direct instruction from credentialed teachers and online learning in a nontraditional, independent study program in order to accommodate multiple learning styles.
2012 Joint Commission Accreditation
Aspiranet achieved a Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission – an acknowledged leader in evaluating organizational performance in health care delivery based on the highest standards for quality and safety. Aspiranet programs and services accredited by the Joint Commission are:
- Family Preservation (Children)
- Family Support Services Network (In-home services)
- Foster Care (Traditional and Therapeutic)
- Housing Programs for Transitional Age Youth (TAY)
- Group Homes for Youth
- Shelter Services (Child Receiving Centers)
- Outpatient Case Management (Acute Stabilization)
- Therapeutic Behavioral Services
- Behavioral Health
- Therapeutic Schools
2006 Assisting Foster Care Youth Transitioning to Independent Living
Observing that Aspiranet foster families consistently support their youth past the age of 18 and frequently need our help to do so, we launched additional programs to provide on-going assistance as youth aged out of foster care and were no longer eligible for subsidies from the child welfare system. We began to offer a more in-depth and coordinated continuum of services including: housing, basic needs support, counseling and therapy, health promotion, education, workforce development, and leadership development.
2004 Crisis intervention
When children under 18 are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or disruption in their court-ordered foster care placement, they need an immediate, safe place to live until home issues are resolved, or they can be matched with an approved family member or foster family. In partnership with Contra Costa County, Aspiranet opened one of the first Receiving Centers in California, providing a safe, child-friendly, home-like environment where trained childcare staff cared for the basic needs of each child until a more permanent placement was secured within 24 hours.
2000 Nurturing Healthy Parent-Child Relationships
Aspiranet’s Welcome Home Baby (WHB) program was the first targeted case management paraprofessional home visiting program in California designed to reduce child abuse and neglect for first time mothers and boost children’s intellectual, physical and emotional development. To this day, the program enhances bonding and attachment between children and parents, and decreases isolation by connecting families to community resources.
1998 “Forever Family” Solutions
Since 1998, Aspiranet has helped over 2,000 foster care children secure their own adoptive, “forever families.” Whenever possible, our goal has been to strengthen and stabilize the family and reunite foster children with their family of origin. However, when a child cannot be reunited with birth parents, we have facilitated the adoption process.
1993 Trauma-Informed Care
Aspiranet rolled out an innovative emergency shelter program across California, allowing children to be placed directly into foster homes rather than – as was the custom – suffering the trauma of 3 moves in 3 months through a receiving center, a shelter home, and then a foster home.
1990 Providing Concrete Support in Times of Need
In response to growing community need, Aspiranet embarked on an ambitious 10-year expansion plan, creating long-term partnerships with family-serving agencies in 39 counties across California to provide shelter, transitional housing, group, and residential AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) placement services. Best practices we helped begin included:
- 24-Hour Shelter/ Receiving Assessment Center
- Intensive treatment foster care
- Foster family services for medically fragile infants and children with developmental disabilities
- Family preservation and intensive home based services.
1988 Counseling and Therapy Services
Between 1984 and the early 1990’s, a crack cocaine epidemic raged nation-wide and the foster youth population increased dramatically. Recognizing that foster care is a crisis response, addressing only the immediate care and supervision needs of children in the child welfare system, we began to offer additional prevention, educational, counseling and therapeutic services that addressed foundational issues that forced children into foster care.
1984 Foster Family Training and Support
Among the first to do so in California, Aspiranet offered home placement as an alternative to group and residential care for adjudicated delinquent youth. Aspiranet was licensed as one of the first California Foster Family agencies. Understanding that children are more likely to thrive in a stable, caring family environment than in an institution, we led the way in recruiting, training and supporting foster families to ensure a healing family experience.
1975 Foster Homes for Youth Rehabilitation
Aspiranet was founded in the Bay Area. One of the first foster homes in California to provide support, care and guidance for the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, our Moss Beach homes offered a solution unquestionably better than the standard practice of jailing adolescents with adult offenders.