Who we serve

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 30,000 children and families each year. 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.

While we help children from birth to age 22, the majority of the children who receive services from Youth Villages are between 12 and 17. Children are placed with us because of emotional and behavioral disorders, physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse or suicidal ideation or attempt. Eighty percent of Youth Villages children have multiple problems, which may include developmental or learning disabilities. Although admission requirements vary based on the individual program, generally speaking, we treat:

  • Hard-to-help, hard-to-place children; children who have failed at numerous other programs often find success here
  • Children with emotional and behavioral problems plus co-occurring medical issues
  • Children who have severe acting out behaviors
  • Boys and girls, ages 7-18
  • Children with Verbal IQ 50 and above
  • Children with problem sexual behaviors
  • Emotionally disturbed children with developmental delays or disabilities
  • Children who are medically fragile

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