Mission: To provide services to children, youth and families that protect and promote family strength, preservation and unity, and nurture growth and positive development, as well as provide an environment that promotes cultural diversity and serves to strengthen in children, youth and families the desire and commitment to be self-sufficient and morally upstanding contributors to society.
Programs: Residential programs - provides temporary residential care to children in need ages 3-12. Served approximately 25-30 children. The child abuse interdisciplinary team (cait) is a group of professionals working together to investigate and prosecute cases where child sexual abuse or serious physical abuse is alleged or suspected. Our team-oriented approach coordinates the efforts of all professionals involved in the investigation and prosecution process of child abuse, including but not limited to, the police, dcf, prosecutors, treatment providers and medical professionals. When additional services are required, contacts are made with appropriate providers and programs. The short-term family integrated therapy (s-fit) service is a short-term (15 day) residential treatment option providing crisis stabilization and assessment, with rapid reintegration and transition back home. It is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization and admission to a higher level of care, and helps to divert placement disruptions. Youth family and emergency services (yfes) program provides crisis intervention and counseling services for youth ages 6-24 who reside in the greater waterbury area. Crisis counseling services are available monday-saturday. Referrals are accepted from individuals, safe place calls, providers in the community, and other waterbury youth services programs; including after-school, mentoring and our juvenile justice programs. Yfes addresses essential community needs though crisis intervention and counseling and offering the following services
juvenile justice programsjj advocacy juvenile review board (jrb)local interagency service team (list)truancy prevention: truancy prevention and counseling program's goal is to reduce unexcused absences, which will encourage completion in school and furthering education. The service includes home visitation, supportive counseling, referral, advocacy, parental involvement, and case management to assist youth in reaching their full potential. This program is offered to any youth enrolled in the waterbury public school system that have been identified as truant, meaning that the youth has either four unexcused absences in a one month period, or eleven unexcused absences in one school year
after school and employment programslinking academics to life (lal)entrepreneurial program, journalism, senior pre and woodworkingprospect youth service bureau (pysb)workforce innovation and opportunity act (wioa)
youth services bureauyouth mentoring: making a connection (mac); mentoring now; one-on-one mentoring; ct 4-h mentoring project summer programs: kiwanis summer youth camp, pregnant and parenting teenssupport services: community housing assistance program (chap); communtiy housing educational and enrichment resources program (cheer); homelss youth resource center; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (lgbtq) support group; project safe place, youth & family emergency services (yfes)