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A Better Way is a nonprofit organization that empowers children and families in Northern California. They also use Exym EHR foster care software to support their amazing work.

A Better Way serves the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano. They provide the highest quality services to families and children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care with the goal of establishing loving and lasting relationships. Through their family strengthening initiatives, their staff empowers children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, and economic well-being.

About A Better Way

A Better Way was founded in 1996 as a Foster Family Program. Since then, they have grown into a comprehensive foster and adoption services agency, providing adoption, community training, parent advocacy, and behavioral and mental health services to children and families at risk or involved with the foster care system. Since 1996, A Better Way has provided foster care placements to more than 2,000 children and has finalized 300 adoptions.

A Better Way has provided behavioral health services to close to 2,500 children, many of whom live in their communities' most impoverished and violence-ridden neighborhoods. In addition to behavioral health services, they provide intensive support and case management for parents pursuing reunification through their Parent Engagement Program with the help of parents who have successfully navigated the reunification process.

Annually, A Better Way serves over 450 foster and adoptive children and families though behavioral health services and the Parent Engagement Program. All of A Better Way’s programs emphasize a strengths-based, capacity-building approach that helps parents and families achieve lasting success.


A Better Way + Exym Foster Care Software

A Better Way has been an Exym customer since 2018. When deciding which foster care software to choose, Winston Berger, Director of IT and Data Systems said:

“I truly appreciated the integrity displayed by Exym in the sales process…Every other EHR vendor told us “our system can do anything” while Exym was very clear about which elements on our shopping list Exym could actually address, which ones were in the pipeline, and which were not likely to appear.”

-Winston Berger, Director of IT and Data Systems at A Better Way

This enabled A Better Way to make an educated decision about the best foster care software that would meet their needs as an agency. Once they made the move to Exym, Berger said:

“Within the first weeks of implementation, clinical staff had a better understanding of Exym than they did of the EHR we’d used for the previous 3 years. Exym also immediately gave us much better control over complex Medi-Cal service upload processes in multiple counties.”

Exym is a comprehensive EHR software solution designed specifically for behavioral health agencies. Trusted for 20+ years, our intuitive and customizable software empowers providers to improve client outcomes, manage revenue cycles, and increase agency efficiency. Exym allows you to spend more time on what matters most- the clients in your care.

To learn more about the ways Exym foster care software supports agencies like A Better Way, visit our Foster Care Providers page or book a demo.

Donate to A Better Way

Exym wants to support and highlight agencies that are doing the work that matters. Our mission is to fundamentally improve publicly-funded mental health services by giving our customers the freedom to focus on care. Some of the care A Better Way provides includes behavioral health services, foster care and adoption services, family strengthening and parent advocacy. If you’d like to support A Better Way, click below!


Jessica Carey
Post by Jessica Carey
May 30, 2023