Willows in the Wind

Raising a struggling teen can be the most difficult thing you will ever do. We all want a  relationship of cooperation and trust, but that is not always the reality.​

Willows is a  non-profit organization that supports families with teens and young adults in high risk situations. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Willows provides  safe, structured support groups where parents can share with one another and find valuable resources about in-home programs, residential placement, and assistance with the transitioning home process.

Have you placed your daughter or son at a Therapeutic Boarding School for behavior issues? We invite you to join other parents who have done the same.

  • Monthly parent support group meetings in the Bay Area
  • Share your experiences
  • Receive and lend support
  • Helpful topics and guest speakers
  • Ready yourself and your teen for the transition back home
  • Lead by alumnae parents who have been through this process

Willows in the Wind specializes in providing support for parents whose teens are enrolled in therapeutic programs and encourages a family based system.

Support groups: 

Los Altos Hills, CA:

Congregation Beth Am

26790 Arastradero Rd

Los Altos, CA. 

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Oakland, CA:

Kaiser SMOB Medical Building

3600 Broadway, Lower Level, Conference Room C

Oakland, CA, 94611

Time:  1:00 - 3:00 pm

The Grant Program

Some families in this transition phase need more comprehensive professional support and assistance than Willows is structured to provide. There are several organizations and consultants in the Bay Area who can provide such assistance. They charge professional fees.

In 2017 Willows will award,  $1,000 grants to families to help defray the cost for families in need of professional assistance in the areas of transition, consulting, psych testing, legal assistance. The grants are intended to help families that request the additional help and for whom the expense would be a significant burden. The grants are designated for specific  providers who have agreed to reduce their fees on a dollar-for-dollar basis that matches the grant, resulting in a $2,000 total cost reduction. The Willows grant will be paid directly to the service provider and is not transferrable.

Some of the programs participating in the Willows Grant Program are:

Coyote Coast Family Counseling Services

Homeward Bound Aftercare

Vive Family Support Services

Please inquire with Willows staff for the names of other participants

Who May Apply

Grant applications are open to families who have shown a commitment to the Willows program by attending and participating in Willows meetings. Willows will not require evidence of financial need, but requests that applicants respect our desire that the grants are intended for families that would be impacted significantly by the cost of such professional programs.

The Willows Grants are intended for families with children in their teens or young adults, generally ages 12 – 24, who will be completing a therapeutic program. The parents of all families who apply will be interviewed.



26790 Arastradero Rd
94022 Los Altos , CA
Fri, Apr 17, 2020: 11:41 am
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