For almost a quarter century, Youth Villages has partnered with state agencies to provide services for children involved with the child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health systems.
In the experience of expanding our programs into new areas, Youth Villages has identified a fairly consistent framework for potential expansion of services into new locations within a state we already serve or beginning services in a new state.
The steps involved in bringing Youth Villages to your particular area include:
- Long-term local or state commitment to home-based services with an emphasis on evidence-based programs.
- Gaining buy-in from leadership staff, courts, child workers, and local agencies.
- Securing the monies to fund the expansion of these services or to establish new services through a procurement process.
- A perfect example of a successful partnership between a state and Youth Villages is our collaboration with Tennessee over the last decade to safely reduce the number of that state’s children in foster care by 34%. These results were profiled in a study performed by Casey Family Programs released in June 2010. Read the whitepaper here.
- In 2006, Youth Villages took an in-depth look at a random sample of children and youth who were in the custody of the State of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. The study assessed 108 children and young people and found that the majority of the children had entered state custody because of parental problems or emotional and behavioral problems that had resulted from difficult family situations. Still, the study found that there was very little emphasis on family preservation or reunification services. rather than their own behavior. It concluded that more than half of the children in Tennessee state custody could go home if intensive family reunification, adoption and transitional living services were provided.
- In 2003, Youth Villages conducted a detailed assessment of nearly 30 children and youth who had been in long term foster care or residential treatment in Calhoun, Etowah, Madison and Morgan counties in Alabama. Youth Villages clinical staff met the young people and conducted more than 120 interviews to complete the work. The report concluded that the vast majority of youth could be helped in less restrictive environments, including being reunited with family members through intensive in-home services.
To inquire about an expansion of Youth Villages services, or just to learn more, please contact Jessica Foster.