The East Palo Alto Teen Home, Inc. was established in April 1992 as a California state licensed group home to meet the needs of and benefit teenage residents and teenage mothers with children, who are in the foster care system, in order that they may live in a safe, clean, alcohol/drug-free, and supportive home environment in San Mateo County. At the time of its inception, the East Palo Alto Teen Home, Inc. was the first of its kind in East Palo Alto, California.

As of January 1, 2017 East Palo Alto Teen Home, Inc. has begun to transition to serving its population under a new community care facility category called Short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP). A STRTP is a residential facility operated by a public agency or private organization that provides an integrated program of specialized and intensive care and supervision, services and supports, treatment, and short-term 24-hour care and supervision to children and non-minor dependents; Assembly Bill (AB) 403 (Chaptered 773, Statues of 2015).

Under the care of 24-hour supervision of our highly trained and experienced staff, who also provide day-to-day personal training, we offer an array of services including an independent living skills program provided by San Mateo County, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and a licensed Psychologist. Every effort is made to successfully address the individual needs of each teen resident. While staff recognizes that we cannot take the place of a supportive family, we try to create a family atmosphere that is based on mutual trust and respect.
We serve girls, teen women, and young mothers between the ages of 0 to 17 in the East Palo Alto community. During their stay with us in our short-term residential therapeutic program, these young women are able to continue their education and work with experienced and caring staff members to design a plan that will help them to pursue educational, vocational, and employment goals.

The East Palo Alto Teen Home, Inc. provides residential and comprehensive supportive for all short-term residential therapeutic program residents in cooperative partnerships with organizations such as the East Palo Alto Library, The City of East Palo Alto, Ravenswood City School District, Sequoia Union High School District, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, Ravenswood Family Health Center, One East Palo Alto – Sponsored Employment Program (SEP), Job Train, Youth United for Community Action, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, El Centro, Free At Last, and Prenatal Advantage. Today, our network continues to grow. We work with all of these organizations to better provide basic daily needs, community involvement, access to job-training, and other services for the teen residents who are participating in our program.