Our Mission & Vision

Bayfront Youth & Family Services is a quality provider of behavioral and mental health treatment services for children, adolescents, and their caregivers. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive support system that promotes safe and nurturing environments. Support the family, support the child.

Fostering community connection for all.

Our Core Values

All children and adolescents, as well as their caregivers:

  • Must be treated with dignity and respect;
  • Will have their ethnicity, culture, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and overall lifestyle preferences valued;
  • Present with unique vulnerabilities and complexities that must be honored in the service delivery approach; and
  • Must be empowered to exercise informed choice.


In 1999, a group of social workers and therapists based in the City of Long Beach took an interest to develop their own non-profit with the focus of providing comprehensive behavioral treatment programs for adolescents. Under the name H.V. Group Home, the program purpose was to provide an intensively structured residential facility for those adolescents aged 11 to 18 who had not been able to be treated in existing community care facilities within Los Angeles County.

In 2001 Maryam Ribadu (current President/CEO) was promoted from Clinical Assistant to Administrator. While focusing on the completion of her MBA she was able to lead a team of dedicated employees with various backgrounds to help achieve the following goals and objectives:

  • To provide a safe, protective, nurturing, and home-like environment that maximizes the opportunity for the adolescent to resume a reasonable age-appropriate pursuit of development.
  • To involve the caregivers and family, as well as social workers and probation officers, in the entire treatment process in order to help the adolescent maintain the gains achieved.

In May 2006 H.V. Group Home contracted with L.A. County to provide Wraparound Services to those adolescents in Los Angeles County Service Planning Area (SPA) 8, encompassing Long Beach/South Bay. Since then our Outpatient Program, implemented by Cynthia Sarmiento, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has become a proven leader and exemplary provider of Outpatient Services.

In April 2009 H.V. Group Home changed its name to Bayfront Youth & Family Services and adapted a motto that best communicates our organization’s mission – “Changing lives is what we do!”

As of October 2015, Bayfront Youth and Family Services has undergone programmatic restructuring to meet the current needs of the county with emphasis on outpatient, in-home and school-based care. Newly adapted program models have included foster family and adoption services for kids in need of a placement or forever home, as well as a transitional housing program for young adults (18+) who are in need of a step-down program from residential care to help them in their educational/vocational goals.

The overall goal in outpatient expansion is to develop value added programming utilizing a qualified and diverse workforce that is repeatable in servicing the needs of children and families across Los Angeles County and California.

Annual Reports

As a nonprofit organization, Bayfront Youth & Family Services relies on ongoing support from government funding and our generous donors in order to continue providing quality behavioral and mental health services. Our annual reports provide a snapshot of how the organization served the community over the past year, providing commentary from the organization’s leadership, data on our fiscal standing, information regarding services offered, and more.

We hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more about how we continue to provide our families with exciting and innovative programming. As always, we thank you greatly for your continued support.


2020-2021 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

2019-2020 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

2018-2019 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

2017-2018 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

2016-2017 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

2015-2016 Bayfront YFS Annual Report

Non-Discrimination Commitment

Bayfront Youth & Family Services does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.