Guiding Youth and Young Adults Forward to Hope & Resiliency
The Children’s Home of Stockton (CHS) was established in 1882, originally created by a small group of ladies who formed the Ladies Aide Society of Stockton for the purpose of rendering charitable services to the City of Stockton. They recognized the need for a children’s shelter that provided services for dependent and neglected children and so they opened CHS as an orphanage. Today, CHS is one of the largest social services organizations in Stockton, and the largest licensed Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program STRTP in San Joaquin County, that has been serving at-risk youth in San Joaquin County and throughout California for more than 140 years.Each year, Children’s Home of Stockton provides youth with comprehensive educational and therapeutic services as well as guidance and career coaching for independent living in our homeless prevention program - Catalyst for youth 18-24. Our vision is to cultivate a compassionate environment that promotes self-sufficiency and well-being to the youth and young adults we serve.
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We offer a stable nurturing home environment to those who need it most. Our licensed and accredited Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program treats youth ages 12-18 and non-minor dependents who have suffered acute trauma and have pre-existing social, emotional, and behavioral issues. Our facilities house up to 16 youth and provide the highest level of care. Click this box for more info.
specialty mental health
We are Medi-Cal certified as a Specialty Mental Health Provider which means we can provide critical services in regard to crisis counseling, medication, and treatment so the students receive the best care possible.Click this box for more info.
It is the mission and goal of Children’s Home of Stockton to provide a means for youth in our program to successfully transition back to a safe living environment which can include reunification, or in some cases transitioning into independent living or a homeless prevention program. It is our goal to have our youth leave and transition back into the community as young adults and to have the necessary knowledge, skills and support to do so. Click this box for more info.
Our HOPE (Healing, Overcoming & Providing Empowerment) Program is offered to all youth residing at Children’s Home of Stockton who are identified as CSEC or at-risk of human trafficking and offers direct CSEC services, with a goal to protect youth from prolonged abuse, and exploitation. Click this box for more info.
Children’s Home of Stockton’s Catalyst TAY Homeless Prevention Program includes (9) double occupancy rooms for homeless youth ages 18-24 years of age. CHS TAY Coaches engage with the youth and coordinate robust services to assist youth into moving into permanent stable housing. Click this box for more info.
Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program
Staff & Program
Individually staffed and supervised by full-time pre-licensed and licensed Clinicians, all CHS residential programs are structured environments in which each student’s individual needs are assessed, and individualized treatment plans are designed and implemented. Each program utilizes a behavior management system (strength based social skills program), which is tailored to the student’s specific treatment goals. All programs provide some degree of flexibility in terms of approach to treatment, based on individually assessed student needs, treatment plan specifics, and placement goals. They participate in transitional planning which focuses on family therapy with the goal of reunification, as well as alternative planning when needed, including transitioning to independent living.
24-Hour Student Supervision
Medi-Cal certified to provide Specialty Mental Health Services
Strength-Based Daily Personal Skills Program & Daily Living Skills Training
Off-Site Physical Examinations and Medical Care by Licensed Pediatrician
Sports (Pool), Cultural/Recreational Activities, and Vocational Therapy
We have two psychiatric-level treatment programs, located in two centralized residential cottages.
Delta Cottage ( (LIC #390332238) Females, ages 12-18, and Non-Minor Dependents. Social Service and Probation referrals accepted. Eight bed Community Home setting with emphasis on emancipation or reunification, daily independent living skills, social and vocational skills, abuse, adjustment, and family issues.
Alpine Cottage (LIC #390332238) Females, ages 12-18, and Non-Minor Dependents. Probation and Social Services referrals accepted. Eight bed, highly structured, institutional setting on the main campus. Emphasis on victim/perpetrator treatment, reunification or emancipation.
CHS only accepts referrals of females 12-18 yrs. through California Juvenile Probation Departments and Social Service Departments.
We do not accept post-adoption referrals.
To make a referral to CHS, please contact our Intake Team or Lena Mayo,
To be eligible, a person must be 18-24 years old and experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. We can do live, phone, or virtual interviews and accept applications via email or fax.
If you are a referring agency, please click here for a referral form.
Guidance and support with daily living and training for independence.Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Coaches engage with youth and assist with next steps for successful transition including but not limited to housing applications, referrals to ongoing mental health services, parenting classes. Case planning and setting transitional goals/plans for permanent housing
Career & Education Assistance
Assistance with academic plans for completion of high school, attainment of a GED, or college or trade school enrollment including financial aid resources.Assistance with job training and employment search.Resume building and interview prep. Assistance with obtaining necessary legal documents
Mental Health Counseling
Group and individual counseling.
Referrals for continued counseling, mental-health intervention, or substance abuse treatment programs.
Ongoing staff support and mentorship. Aftercare support for up to 6 months after leaving the program
Head of Service
MSW, ACSW #98064
Youth Services Director
Chief Executive Officer
Human Resources Director
Board of Directors
Doug Davis, President
Jennifer Marchini, Vice President
Cathy Ghan, Treasurer
EVP, Commercial Real Estate Group
Oak Valley Community Bank
Gary Spaugh, Secretary
GLS Healthcare Consulting
Blue Shield of California
Retired, Program Manager
City of Stockton
San Joaquin Delta College
University of The Pacific
Stockton Police Department
San Joaquin County
Santa Clara County District Attorney
Pacific Homecare Services
Director of Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Retired, Sales Manager
The Leah Jane Stephens Hull Grant funds of up to $2,000.00 are available to provide assistance to worthy, talented, industrious, and deserving youth who are pursuing their HS Diploma, GED, or Secondary Education. Additional eligibility requirements are as follows:
1. Applicants who qualify must apply for ascholarship each year of college, university, or vocational training they plan to attend and may make their first application in any year.
2. Applicants must submit an impact statement outlining use and impact of scholarship.
3. A G.P.A. of at least 2.0 will be required for additional funding.
4. The student must be enrolled either part or full time each semester.
5. If the student is attending a community college for the purposes of obtaining a certificate, or is in a two-year program, they are eligible for the scholarship.
6. Students in good standing in programsand are receiving transition aftercare services at CHS will be considered.
Leah Jane Stephens Hull
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Purpose of Fund
Leah Jane Stephens Hull and her husband Roy Hull were major contributors to the community.Leah was an active member of the Board of Directors at the Children's Home of Stockton and was one of the founding members of the Philomathean Club here in Stockton.Leah and Roy also showed thoughtfulness to children and their development within higher education.It is for this reason that upon Leah's death, Roy endowed a large part of their estate to the Children's Home, restricted for the sole purpose of furthering education.By her request, The fund was designated as the Leah Jane Stephens Hull Memorial Trust by her request and invested in securities to ensure the future of the fund.
The dividend earnings of her portfolio are now being set aside for use as financial aid for eligible CHS students to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational training school.
Furthering education since 1988
14 Paid Holidays
Paid Time Off
Dental & Vision Insurance
CHS is proud to be a recipient of a DHCS Behavioral Health Workforce Development Mentored Internship Program grant. Through this grant, CHS offers internships for Masters Level interns seeking practicum, compensated through a stipend. Interns have the opportunity to learn critical counseling skills in a fast paced environment, gain skills with the guidance of a clinical supervisor and a clinical mentor, and gain experience in assessment, plan development, individual and group therapy, intensive case coordination, and case management. Through this program, interns will gain valuable training and experience that will differentiate them from others in the talent pool when they enter the professional world after graduation.
"If this is a place you want come to do it, they are more than happy to help you. If you are ready to recieve the help, they will strive to put you in a successful spot."
-Janae, Catalyst Client
“What brought me to the Catalyst program is the help, the support. When you have assistance, it helps you physically and mentally..."
- Keenan, Catalyst Client
Your Gift Makes An Impact Everyday
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CHS has an annual budget of $7.3M and employs 85 staff. During the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1st through June 30th, Children’s Home must raise a minimum of 20% of its annual operating budget primarily through grants, fundraising activities, campaigns, and the contributions of businesses and communiity members like you.
See first-hand what we offer the youth in our programs.
We hold community tours by appointment and would love to show you around.
Each year our committee made up of community and board members offer their time and talents to raise funds and introduce more individuals to our mission. Our Fiscal Year 2023 Campaign, “Guiding Youth Forward” has a goal of raising $500K to support our important work. We hope you'll join us with your donation today!