Youth & Family Support Services Program
Youth and Family Support Services assists Loudoun County families with youth between the ages of 13-17 experiencing challenging peer and family relationships and life crises. Youth and Family Support Services helps strengthen parental and family relationships through prevention, education, and supportive case management services.
Youth and Family Support Services offers the following components within a strengths-based, trauma-informed and protective/promotive factors framework:
- Educational & Supportive Group Services: Facilitates individual and group sessions for families and youth at risk of placement in foster care, residential settings, or other out-of-home placements using the evidence based curriculum – Parenting Wisely. Program Staff work with families to understand the barriers and behaviors that may be impacting the family dynamic; share information on parenting styles and adolescent development; and teach coping strategies to help improve communication and create mutual respect. In addition, the curriculum can also assist families with developing family contracts and safety plans, as needed. For more information about this program, contact Lauren Shettler at 571-919-1601 and check out the program flyer (PDF).
- Family Support & Coordination Services: Offers short-term, family-focused intensive support meetings and case management. Program Staff will assess each family’s needs/concerns, initially and continuously, to ensure appropriate, adequate, and timely access to services across the system of care that reduce the challenging behavior and address any crises that arise.
Youth and Family Support Services are available to Loudoun County families with:
- A teen between the ages of 13-17 that struggles with following rules and being respectful.
- Youth on Diversion or Probation with the Juvenile Court System Unit (JCSU).
- A teen that has had one of more of the following problems in the last six months:
- Aggressive behaviors at home, school and/or in the community,
- Drug and alcohol use,
- Running away,
- Failing grades, and/or
- Truancy and poor school attendance/avoidance.
Families can also register for services in the Youth and Family Support Services Program by completing the Registration Form. Program staff will be in touch once the registration is processed.
For more information, call 703-737-8237.