ChildNet Youth and Family Services was founded in 1970 by a group of Long Beach civic leaders whose goal was to foster the social, emotional, and educational development of troubled and disadvantaged youth. It has since grown from a single youth home that served an average of 100 boys annually to an organization with seven locations covering five counties, serving upwards of 7,850 clients annually. With a mission to provide safe homes, education, and counseling to vulnerable children and families, our program philosophy reinforces personal responsibility and emphasizes the need for a strong family unit.
ChildNet has been very fortunate to have a board of directors that recognizes the vast and almost overwhelming need that exists in society today: the ups and downs of the economy and the rising crime rate that grows out of poverty and lack of opportunity for a good education and stable work environment. In our attempt to establish programs that can alleviate these and other problems facing families today, our leadership created a Continuum of Care that enables our professional staff to support clients as they work toward developing a strong and stable family or making the successful transition to independent living, as the case may be.