A Safe Place for Children to Heal
Contra Costa County Harmony House and Monterey County Cherish serve as temporary receiving centers for children under 18 to go when removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or a disruption in foster care placement. These children need a safe, comfortable place to live until their home issues are resolved or until they can be placed with a foster family. They receive nurturing and support during this difficult phase so they are better prepared to face the next season in their lives.
The centers provide a child-friendly, safe, home-like environment through the successful collaboration among Aspiranet, Contra Costa Human Services-Children and Family Services, and Contra Costa County Public Health. The trained childcare staff cares for the immediate basic needs of each child such as bathing, providing clean clothes, lice treatments, meals and engagement in age-appropriate activities. Children also receive medical and behavioral health assessments that follow them when they leave the center.
Approximately 68,000 children under age 18 in California are in foster care, and about 500,000 nationwide. These children were removed from their parents because county child welfare departments and juvenile dependency courts determined that they could not live safely with their birth parents. Today there are only about 100,000 foster homes to provide care for the 500,000 children in need. The 68,000 children in foster care in California are in need of permanent, loving adoptive families. They need someone who cares, who will nurture their dreams, someone who sees the hero inside them―someone like you? If you would like to find out more, please contact us.
Click here to read a flyer with more information about our receiving centers.