Arnall Family Foundation Teams Up with Youth Villages
We are happy to announce a public-private partnership between the Arnall Family Foundation, Youth Villages and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The foundation will be committing $4.8 million to directly support Youth Villages programs in Oklahoma. This will support the launch of the YVLifeSet over the next five years in Oklahoma and continue to support the Intercept Program.
Oklahoma currently has around 300 teens who age out of the foster care system without being adopted or reunited with their families. With this partnership, we are looking to change that by helping teens develop skills to be independent adults and connecting them with existing programs and services already available in the state.
About the Programs
Youth Villages’ Intercept Program
The Youth Villages’ Intercept in-home services program provides treatment to troubled children and families in their own homes at times convenient for the families. The program serves children of any age (infant to age 18) who have serious emotional and behavioral problems. Intercept specializes in diverting youth from out-of-home placements such as residential treatment facilities, foster homes, psychiatric residential treatment centers, hospitals or group homes, and in successfully reuniting children with their families in the community. Diversion services generally last four to six months, while reunification services generally last six to nine months. Intercept family intervention specialists are skilled at reuniting families even when the child has been out of the home for an extended period.
Youth Villages’ LifeSet Program
The LifeSet program helps ensures kids a successful transition to adulthood. A successful transition to adulthood includes maintaining stable and suitable housing, remaining free from legal involvement, participating in an educational/vocational program and developing the life skills necessary to become a responsible citizen. Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet program works not only with former foster youth and other vulnerable young people but also with their support systems to help ensure a more successful transition.
To learn more about Youth Villages, visit their website.