Claire's House

A home of Love, Hope, and Healing

Currently, Claire’s House is not accepting

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Exploitation: Here In the East Bay

Every year, 1.2 million children are exploited around the globe.  Here in the East Bay, we are far from immune from child trafficking, and it’s not just a problem in “bad” neighborhoods.  From the Tri-Valley to Concord, from Livermore to Berkeley, children struggle with the effects of these crimes.

One of the most disturbing forms of trafficking involves the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), which refers to a range of crimes.  Our communities need more places that help children who are victims if we are to make a real difference in combatting trafficking.

What You Can Do

Research is clear:  the most effective road to recovery for children who are victims of these crimes involves returning to a healthy life, getting an education, and interacting with people in the community. Many compassionate East Bay communities want to support efforts to reach and help young people affected by exploitation here in our own backyard. We believe it is possible to help these children recover from abuse and regain their childhood.

We know that community-based solutions work, but the location of facilities to help these children sometimes creates fear and concern from local neighborhoods. We recognize these concerns. The key to supporting successful futures for victims of crime is to learn the facts and to engage in frequent and timely communication at the community level.  We encourage you to learn more about child exploitation here in the East Bay and how programs like Claire’s House can make a difference, and we are committed to providing the information and tools to aid that dialogue.

Who are the children at Claire’s House?

The children who will live at Claire’s House are powerful, inspiring young people between the ages of 12 and 17. They have made the decision to get away from their exploiters, to seek help, and to reclaim their lives. Each child at Claire’s House is a victim of a crime. They do not come directly from the street.  Claire’s House is not an alternative to jail, not an emergency shelter, not a drop-off site, and not a crisis center. It’s a home.  Claire’s House referrals come from community and social service organizations.

Not every child who has been exploited is a candidate for Claire’s House.  Because we are committed to the success of the children in our program, referral standards are rigorous.  Each must pass security and health screenings to ensure they pose minimal risk to themselves or those around them.  Each must demonstrate a commitment to moving forward and reclaiming their lives.

About our Staff:

Each staff member at Claire’s House is required by state law to possess either a Bachelor’s degree, 12 units of early childhood education, a substance abuse counselor certification, a teaching credential, or at least one year of professional experience serving CSEC or homeless youth.

What Claire’s House is not…

Claire’s House is NOT A SHELTER because it is long term non-emergency housing; the average length of stay is 6-9 months; the ideal length of stay of 12-18 months. We are closing the gap for youth who have moved beyond the crisis.

Claire’s House is NOT AN EMERGENCY PLACEMENT because our admissions process is extensive and thorough and can take up to 8 business days. We are a voluntary placement and expect thoughtful consideration by candidates. Someone seeking emergency shelter is not a good fit.

Claire’s House is NOT A SAFEHOUSE because we are designed to be confidential, just like anyone’s home address, but we are not in a secret location. We do not serve people who need to hide or are running from something/someone.

Claire’s House is NOT A FIRST RESPONDER because we do not provide crisis response services and do not engage in search & rescue or emergency intervention for trafficking situations.


I’ve heard Claire’s House is an “STRTP”, not a Group Home. What does that mean?

  • Through the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), residential care will be provided to foster children by Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs). By December 2018, STRTPs will replace traditional group homes for children who require intensive support and/or are part of vulnerable subgroup, like CSEC, and cannot be placed in a family-based setting.
  • STRTPs provide short-term, high-quality, intensive therapeutic intervention services. All services are designed to stabilize, support and transition children to a lower level of care on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the child’s needs and case plan.
  • “The premise and philosophy of CCR is designed for CSEC youth…often people will agree that some foster youth should be parented, but there are exceptions who need a higher level of care. And those exceptions, almost always include CSEC youth. [I argue] that those who have experienced sexual trauma are not exceptions but the type of youth who are “most desperately in need of parenting.” Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center, San Francisco

Claire’s House Admissions Criteria

Potential residents:

  • Have been impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking (CSE/HT).
  • Are females aged 12-17.5 of all gender expressions.
  • Are not pregnant and do not require medical detox for chemical dependency.
  • Are currently in the Foster Care System (AFDC-FC) but have been living in an unstable or street economy environment.
  • Have been approved by County Social Services Agencies for STRTP level of care.

Claire’s House is funded by The San Francisco Foundation and the following supporters:

HomeAid Northern California
Signature Homes
Sisters of the Holy Family
WHA, Inc. (William Hezmalhalch Architects)
The Boscacci Foundation
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
David and Sharon McCosker
Julie Ann McCosker-Hayes
JaMel and Tom Perkins