FOSTER CARE

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:

TBD

MANSFIELD:

TBD​​

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Interested in becoming a foster parent? 

Please contact Samantha Coleman at 614-285-3756

Need Mental Health Services?

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

Interested in Help Me Grow?

Please contact Sarah Cochey at
​614-428-0278

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

5th Annual All Class Car
& Motorcycle Show

COMING SEPTEMBER 2015

Check back for details!

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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.
​ Our Columbus location is located at 825 Grandview Avenue, one block north of the Grandview Avenue Exit off of I-670. This 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. 

Recently, we've added an office in Richland County. Located at 1623 West 4th Street in Mansfield, both locations enable 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…
  • In family.
  • ALL children have the right to be in a safe, secure, family-centered environment.
  • Sound, culturally competent, clinically relevant services should be available and easily accessible to children and families.
  • Short term interventions we provide should focus on promotion of health, wellness, and self-sufficiency of families.
  • It is important to ONLY use placement as a form of treatment for children and families. 

Open House

COLUMBUS:

TBD

MANSFIELD:

TBD​​

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES:

LOCATIONS
COLUMBUS:

825 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

614.258.9927


MANSFIELD:

1623 West 4th Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

419.299.4141

YOUTH ADVOCATE SERVICES

Social Worker or Counselor
Community/School Based Therapist 
(Columbus)

Be a part of a dynamic team working to improve the lives of children and families.
Seeking flexible, creative, therapist to work with children and families in schools and communities.

The Mental Health Clinician requires LPC/LPCC, MFT/IMFT or LSW/LISW licensure. Master’s preferred. Provides counseling services to clients and families on an outreach basis, in the home, school and community. Specific services include: mental health assessment, clinical support, individual and group counseling, family therapy, treatment planning and case management. Coordinate family treatment needs and meet the clients where they are.

Strong organizational skills, internal drive and motivation are necessary for success in this position. Interpersonal skills, judgment, flexibility and commitment are essential to the position, as well as the ability to work a flexible schedule. YAS provides a flexible, professional yet relaxed work environment. Competitive pay commensurate with experience, generous benefit package, generous vacation time and work life balance. CEU's provided.