Our staff help promote independent thinking, self direction, and personal initiative in the youth utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Milieu therapy in addition to a Social Accountability model. We assist these young adults in developing a positive vision for their future, accountability and responsibility to themselves, their loved ones and their community while developing requisite skills and values for leading a meaningful and successful life.

Agape Homes is a community based, non-profit agency. Founded with the intent to create a positive working and living environment that fosters each person’s individual capacity to live a meaningful life.

Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent programs that improve the quality of life for these disadvantaged youth and in turn create healthy communities.

Client Manual

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Clinical Support

In our continuing effort to provide a superior level of care, we have recently hired new clinicians, re-vamped the clinical supervision and reporting guidelines including documentation quality, tracking and submission. The focus of this new therapeutic involvement is to maximize the therapeutic milieu, decrease the needed treatment time, and increase the likelihood of transition to a less restrictive environment.


Changing Faces and Agape Group Homes provides in house counseling; as well as, contracts with outside agencies to provide adequate services for it’s youth. The services listed are in addition to the program’s Personal Development/ Behavioral Modification Program.

In-House Services consist of:

  • Psychological Assessments
  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Talk Therapy
  • Individual Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Crisis Response
  • Comprehensive Group Therapy
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Group Healthy Relations/Parenting/ Prevention Program
  • Anger Management
  • Family Counseling
  • Horse Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Sand Tray/Play Therapy
  • Social Skill Building / Teamwork Games
  • Transitioning Counseling
  • Rational Decision-Making Group
  • Seeking Safety
  • Case Management

Other Services provided by the County/ Community:

  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Specialists
  • Therapeutic Response Aides
  • Individual Counseling
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Psychological Assessments
  • N.A./A.A. Meetings
  • SAFTY: Crisis Response
  • Transition Age Youth Program
  • Police Activities League


Management Team:

  • Executive Director/ Owner/Administrator: Adrian R. Cooks, MBA
  • Human Resources Manager: Stephanie Cooks
  • Senior Program Manager: Amanda Stillwell
  • Program Managers: Rose Banuelos (Oxnard), Rhonda Hawthorne, Rosalie Ochoa, Mary Rivas

Treatment Team:

  • Clinical Director: Lisa Finn, MSW
  • Social Workers / In-Home Therapists: Elise Blumenthal, MFT, Melissa Guzman, MS
  • Group Counselors and Individuals Counselors: Robin Laribe, MFTI

Facility Information

  • Facility License #’s for Agape Homes: 425801965 / 5658018025
  • Facility License #’s for Changing Faces: 425800981 / 425801302
  • License Capacity and gender for Agape: 6/6 females/males
  • License Capacity and gender for Changing Faces: 8/6 females/females
  • Ages of the Youth: 12-18
  • Rate Classification: 10 (currently in process of obtaining STRTP License)
  • Funding/Licensing Source: AFDC, California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing
  • Locations of Agape Group Homes: Orcutt, Oxnard
  • Locations of Changing Faces: Orcutt, Lompoc