Youth Advocate Services: Promoting Positive Futures!


825 Grandview Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.258.9927
Toll Free 1.855.850.6112

On February 20th 2014 Youth Advocate Services held its first open house of 2014.  This open-house provided interested persons with the opportunity to hear information about Youth Advocate Services foster care program.  This time was used to help potential applicants better understand the process of becoming a foster parent and to ask questions so that they could make an informed decision.  During the open house on February 20th 2014, our guests were provided with the opportunity to introduce themselves and to get to know our Recruitment coordinator (Marnita Asher) and the Foster Care Program Manager (KaDai Craig) over a meal consisting of Lasagna, salad and bread.   The staff at Youth Advocate Services thanks those who attended for taking the time to learn how Youth Advocate Services is serving our children through our Foster Care program and how they could partner with us in providing a safe, stable and loving environment.  We look forward to meeting with any other interested persons at our next open house on March 20th 2014.  Please contact Marnita Asher at 614-258-9927 with any questions pertaining to this event. 


Interested in finding out more about becoming a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent at Youth Advocate Services?

Join us at our Open House's

March 20, 2014

Youth Advocate Services
Training Room
825 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Please RSVP to Marnita Asher 614-285-3756 or


Foster Parents currently needed in the following OHIO counties:

Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Madison, Pickaway, Union, Ashland, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Richland, Clark,
Muskingum, Champaign, Greene, Fayette, Guernsey, Coshocton, and Knox

Please visit our "Become a Foster Parent" page or contact Marnita at 614-285-3756 to find out how you can help the children in your county today!


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 Programs & Services:

Foster Care
Emergency Shelter Care
Community Respite
Help Me Grow Early Intervention
Help Me Grow Home Visiting
Community/ Schoolbased Mental Health
Homebased Mental Health

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 35 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.

In more recent years, YAS has branched out and now:

  • Provides mental health and behavioral health services to children and families through a holistic, wrap-around approach;
  • Coordinates services for families with children ages birth to three and links them with resources through the Help Me Grow programs;
  • Offers respite and emergency care for children who must leave their families temporarily; and
  • Provides family support, home-based and school-based programs to prevent the need for children to be placed away from home.

This strategic growth and expansion of services led to a need for larger office space. YAS recently moved to 825 Grandview Avenue, one block north of the Grandview Avenue Exit off of I-670 just west of Downtown Columbus. The new YAS location provides better facilities, training space and opportunities for foster parents, children, families and staff. It enables YAS to continue and build on its tradition of serving thousands of children and families in our community.

                                                                 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.

e 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.

                                                            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.

Thank you to
 Center for Research in Emotional and Social Health for your generosity towards Youth Advocate Services
and the children and families that we serve!

Social Skills Group Intervention for High Functioning Autism
Group forming now. Call 285.3751 for details.

We are Located Near Grandview!

We are now just one block north of the the Grandview Avenue Exit off of I-670

From I670W:
Turn right onto Grandview Avenue, turn left onto Dublin Road then make an immediate right just past the Wendy's onto Richwood Avenue. YAS is tucked in behind the Wendy's and the Brexton building.

                        Give us a call anytime, or stop by  - - - -  Our doors are always open.   

825 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-258-9927
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