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Youth Villages expands to Indiana; Madison office opens to help children and families

December 20, 2011

Youth Villages, a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health services, has begun helping children and families in Indiana, opening its first office in Madison on Dec. 16.

The private nonprofit organization is partnering with the Indiana Department of Child Services to provide intensive help to troubled children and their families in their own homes.

Youth Villages’ goal is to stabilize and strengthen families. This prevents at-risk children from entering foster care or institutions and helps successfully reunify children with their families if out-of-home placement has been needed.

Youth Villages uses the Evidentiary Family Restoration™ approach, which focuses on providing intensive help to both the child and family in the home and offering measurable positive outcomes and accountability to both families and funders.

“Youth Villages is an organization that is all about family,” said Heather Owsley, regional manager of the Youth Villages intensive in-home services program in Indiana. “At Youth Villages, we believe children are best raised by their families or a viable family member. Our staff works hard to strengthen families and provide them with the tools and skills they need to effectively parent children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and to prevent or reduce the time a child spends out of the home for treatment.”

The Youth Villages Madison office employs five staff members, the majority of whom are family intervention specialists working with families of troubled children in their own homes an average of three times a week. Youth Villages’ staff is available 24/7 to the children and families they help, working around families’ schedules, meeting them before work or in the evening, when the whole family is together.

Youth Villages will be helping children and families in Decatur, Ripley, Dearborn, Jefferson, Switzerland and Ohio counties from its Madison office.

“We plan to open at least two additional offices in Indiana in the coming months,” Owsley said. “Our services are highly effective at strengthening families for the long-term, and we hope to help more and more children and families in Indiana every year. Because our service is so effective in the long-term, it is also highly cost-effective, which is an additional benefit to Indiana taxpayers.”

Youth Villages’ mission is to help emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. This year, Youth Villages will help more than 18,000 children and families in 11 states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services.

Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home even two years after completing a Youth Villages program.

Named one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. For more information about Youth Villages, visit

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