Frequently Asked Questions for Students


Are student volunteers permitted to work with the children and youth Stanford Youth Solutions serves?

While we welcome student volunteers, we are unable to provide volunteers hands-on experience with our clients due to the challenging circumstances youth in our care may be experiencing. Many of our services are provided in families’ homes requiring the care of our professional staff.

Is Stanford Youth Solutions a “home” for children?

In 2006, Stanford Youth Solutions, formerly Stanford Home for Children, made the groundbreaking decision to serve children in their own environments, closing its residential programs. We began as an orphanage in 1900 and transitioned into providing care through group homes during the 1980s – early 2000s.

Research shows that children connected to a permanent family are more likely to succeed in life. We now serve children in their own environments, whether they are in their own homes, in foster homes, on probation or living in a group home. Our end result is empowering successful, permanent connections to family for youth using our services.

Is Stanford Youth Solutions an independent organization or government run?

Stanford Youth Solutions is an independently operated nonprofit organization. We receive the majority of our funding through local government service contracts, but depend on community support to deliver our proven programs and help create permanent change for youth.

What are your office hours?

M-Th 8:30 am -5:30 pm, F 8:30 am -5:00 pm

Who does Stanford Youth Solutions serve?

Stanford Youth Solutions serves youth ages 1-24, but our average age group is between 12 -17. Our clients average 44% female, 56% male. In one year, we serve about 600 youth and their families, totaling about 1,900 individuals.