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Youth Villages’ National Impact Strategy

Radically Improving Outcomes for Children in Crisis by Building Strong Families and Transforming the Systems that are Failing Them


Every year in America, six million children — 1 in 20 — come to the attention of state child services workers. And each year, a quarter-of-a-million of these children are removed from their families...most because the family has stopped functioning effectively.

In many cases, the state simply has to intervene for the child’s safety. The United States spends more than $23 billion each year raising these 550,000 children — often using approaches that fail to reflect what best helps children and what strengthens families. Besides being costly, the results are poor.

“Imagine if we could help every child in their community? Youth Villages tells us it’s possible.” – White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes

Youth Villages has spent 25 years pioneering an approach that is measurably better for children and their families and provides a remarkably better return on investment for those who fund these services (both public and private). The organization is undertaking an important national impact strategy to bring this powerful approach to more children and families in communities across America.

Youth Villages seeks committed partners to join this movement to radically improve outcomes for children in and out of state custody, adding accountability to the systems that serve them and shifting the nation’s focus from warehousing troubled children to actually helping them.

Download this impact strategy document to learn more about our five-year plan to expand Youth Villages' national impact.

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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