FOSTER CARE

YOUTH ADVOCATE SERVICES

PROMOTING POSITIVE FUTURES

Youth Advocate Services (YAS) has the oldest therapeutic foster care program in the State of Ohio. YAS has recently added pre- and post- adoption services for families as well.

MENTAL HEALTH

The overarching philosophy of YAS’ Outpatient Mental Health Program is to promote the recovery and resiliency of persons with behavioral challenges or mental health issues through prevention, education, and support services.

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FOSTER PARENTING

HELP ME GROW

The Help Me Grow (HMG) Program at YAS is a child development program that provides Home Visiting and Service Coordination to eligible children and families in and around Franklin County.

of more than 85 foster parents!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Foster Parent
Pre-Service Training

COLUMBUS:

​3rd: 6pm - 9pm

4th: 9am - 6:30pm

5th: 2pm - 8:15pm 

10th: 6pm - 9pm                           

11th: 9am - 6:30pm

12th: 2pm - 8:15pm ​

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Interested in becoming a foster parent? 

Please contact Marnita Asher at 614-285-3756

Need Mental Health Services?

CLICK HERE or contact Krystal Martin
​at 614-610-4191

825 Grandview Ave | Columbus, OH 43215

614-258-9927

855-850-6112

Interested in Help Me Grow?

Please contact Sarah Cochey at 614-428-0278

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

4th Annual All Class Car
& Motorcycle Show

September 21, 2014

12PM - 4PM

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EMPLOYMENT

OPPORTUNITIES:


Transporter  (Mansfield/Columbus)

Seeking additional transporters to aid in the transportation needs of foster parents with appointments, visits, or other needed requests. The transporter could drive children placed in Mansfield to various Columbus locations.


OUR STORY
​Youth Advocate Services (YAS) is a nationally accredited, state-certified, 501(c)(3), non-profit child/family caring agency who has served thousands of children and families since 1978. For over 36 years, Youth Advocate Services (YAS) has believed in the premise that all children, and especially those who are vulnerable or at-risk, should live in a family-centered, caring and nurturing home. As the oldest therapeutic foster care program in Ohio, YAS has provided high-quality treatment foster care, while working collaboratively with other child serving agencies to develop and implement a community support system for families. YAS is proud to provide:
  • Mental health and behavioral health services to children and families through a holistic, wrap-around approach;
  • Coordination services for families with children ages birth to three and links them with resources through the Help Me Grow programs;
  • Respite and emergency care (in foster homes) for children who must leave their families temporarily; and
  • Family support, home-based and school-based programs to prevent the need for children to be placed away from home.
​ YAS is located at 825 Grandview Avenue, one block north of the Grandview Avenue Exit off of I-670. The YAS location provides state of the art facilities with a large training space and opportunities for foster parents, children, families and staff to grow and develop. It enables YAS to continue and build on its tradition of serving thousands of children and families in our community each year. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

YAS applies innovative thinking along with evidence-based practices to partner with children and families in order to identify and treat their needs. YAS incorporates a preventative philosophy into its model with the intention of strengthening children and families in their natural environment, while decreasing the need for more restrictive or out-of-home placements. YAS is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, and maintains a multi-disciplinary professional staff that provides excellent services to our children and families. The agency is unique in that it provides year-round cultural, educational and recreational events and activities for the children and families it serves.



OUR MISSION
To support children, youth and families to realize their potential, hopes and dreams. 

OUR VISION
In order to improve every life we serve, Youth Advocate Services dedicates itself to a culture that puts customer service and quality care above all else. 

OUR MOTTO
Promoting Positive Futures

OUR SERVICES​​
  • Foster Care​
  • Adoption​
  • Emergency Shelter Care
  • Community Respite
  • Help Me Grow
    ​Early Intervention
  • Help Me Grow Home Visiting
  • Community/School-based
    Mental Health
  • Home-based Mental Health


OUR VALUES​​

We believe the family is an institution.

We believe ALL children have the right to be in a safe, secure, family-centered environment. 

We believe that sound, culturally competent, clinically relevant services should be available and easily accessible to children and families. 

We believe the short term interventions we provide should focus on promotion of health, wellness, and self-sufficiency of families.

We believe it is important to use placement ONLY as treatment for children and families.
 

Open House

COLUMBUS: 5:30-7:00

November 20th

December 16th


Mental Health Clinician

LSW/LPC required, Master's preferred. Strong diagnostic and treatment skills needed. Knowledge of childhood development, family systems and trauma informed care a plus. Must be flexible, organized and team-oriented. Interpersonal skills, judgment, flexibility and commitment are essential to the position, as well as the ability to work a flexible schedule.