• Lasting Connections

    Chris Essary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Stanislaus, and began his Aspiranet career in 1987 as an Excell Center House Parent. During his three decades at Aspiranet, he has served in a variety of roles including Regional Director, Group Home Administrator, Director of Operations, House Manager, and Activities Director. Today, he is the Director of Aspiranet’s Residential Division. “We joke that if you work here two years, you’re going to...

  • Fostering Love

    The Pillers’ home is always alive with the energy of children. Along with caring for their two young sons and daughter, whom they adopted through foster care, they serve as a “receiving home” for children when they are first placed in foster care. In that role, they have welcomed nearly 100 children to their home. Tim and Jenny Piller decided to look into adopting through foster care after trying for years to have biological children...

  • Everyone wants to give the best to their child

    When Sanat and his family relocated to the East Bay from India for a job opportunity in the tech industry, everybody felt a bit disoriented. His young son, Yatharth, became very fearful of strangers and would cry whenever anyone approached. Eager to help his son adjust, Sanat decided to investigate fatherhood classes at Aspiranet’s Monument First 5 Center in Concord, which provides services to families with children 0-5 years old. Sanat admits he was a...

  • Trusting Fate

    A chance encounter two years ago inspired Jennifer Goodrich to start a family through foster care. She was in a public restroom when she heard a woman crying, and soon discovered that what she heard were tears of joy. The woman had been overcome when her foster daughter asked her if she would adopt her and make their family permanent. Soon after, Jennifer made her way to Aspiranet, which was recommended to her by the...

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