Boys Town Intervention and Assessment Service
As this service level, we provide care for abused, neglected, runaway and delinquent youth of all ages by removing them from dangerous situations, assessing their needs and beginning to work toward family reunification or other permanent care. These children may be referred by juvenile justice representatives or by child welfare agencies that have removed the children from their homes or have taken responsibility for their well-being. We also accept youth into this short term program who are on runaway or homeless, or at risk of running away. These youth are self-referred or referred by parents, guardians, school officials, or other community stakeholders. The average length of stay for children is 60 days. When children leave, they may move to another Boys Town program, other outside programs or return home to their families.
*In some cases, children return home, if it is safe and in their best interest. A focus of Boys Town’s programs is the reunification of children with their families.
Boys Town Family Home Program
Children ages 12 - 17 receive care from married couples called Family-Teachers® in three homes in the New Orleans area. Many of these children have suffered the trauma of abuse, neglect or abandonment, and have been removed from their homes. Often, they have serious emotional and behavioral problems. Family-Teachers and Assistant Family-Teachers (who help care for youth in Family Homes) provide compassionate, effective care while meeting the daily needs of each child. In these single-family homes, youth form a family and learn social and independent-living skills that help them find success in school and in their community.
The ultimate goal is to reunify children with their families, whenever possible. Children are referred to Family Homes through contracts with state and other agencies.
Boys Town In-Home Family Services
Parents belong with their children. At Boys Town Louisiana, we believe that it should be the goal of every family and child care organization to keep children in their home or reunite them with their family whenever possible.
In fact, through our In-Home Family ServicesSM we can help teach families not only how to handle issues after they arise but also how to prevent them from becoming more disruptive. The result: a less traumatic experience for parents and children and more cost-effective, high-value care that aids state governments and society as a whole.
A Commitment to Compassionate Care: In-Home Family Services
At the core of our efforts lies our highly trained Family Consultants. These individuals aid families who are struggling with a variety of challenges from economic hardship, substance abuse, marital issues, family conflicts and others by giving them the parenting skills they need to regain control over their lives.
Working with our Family Consultants, family members learn how to create a safe, nurturing home for children, and how to use resources in the community to help them solve problems on their own. Our Consultants are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide support and assistance. The length and intensity of services depends upon a family’s needs and the specific situation.
Child and family care is managed at the state level, and there are numerous challenges that make it difficult to fund these efforts. Nonetheless, Boys Town is working to spread this approach to care throughout the country. We work closely with state governments to help serve parents, families and children who have entered “the system” and work to deliver them the services they need by remaining a family, in their own homes.
We are growing our evidence-base for our In-Home Family Services program with the Boys Town National Research InstituteSM, a department of Boys Town dedicated entirely to researching our programs effectiveness on families’ toughest problems. Follow-up studies of Boys Town’s In-Home Family ServicesSM show that, after they received Boys Town’s help, 91% of the families stayed together, 92% of the kids in the families were attending school, and 96% reported that Boys Town had a positive impact on their family.
When the family stays together, a child’s success increases dramatically. The child is more focused in school because home is stable and safe. That’s because mom and dad are practicing the skills our Family Consultants taught them and have support whenever they need it. They know they have the power to provide and protect their family.
Care Coordination Services
Care Coordination Services is an intensive case management program that helps youth who are preparing to leave foster care because they are turning 18 to transition into independent living.
Every year, approximately 18,000 youth "age-out" of the foster care system. These youth often do not get the support they need to complete high school completion, find employment, access health care, pursue postsecondary educational opportunities, obtain adequate housing and make transitional living arrangements.
Studies of youth who have left foster care show that they are more likely to not finish high school, be unemployed and be dependent on public assistance than youth in the general population. Many will end up in prison, be homeless or become parents at an early age.
At age 24, only half will be employed and less than 3% will have earned a college degree. In addition one in four will have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rate of United States war veterans, and 71% of females will be pregnant by age 21.
Through visits and meetings, trained Family Consultants work with youth and other involved parties (school personnel, therapists, coaches, dependency case managers, juvenile probation officers, attorneys) to identify strengths and needs, and link these young people to support services so they can finish school, get a job and find a place to live.
Early Head Start® — School Readiness Partnership
One of the most important tasks for parents of an infant or toddler is getting their child ready for school. School readiness is the key to a child’s future academic success, not only in the classroom but also in relationships with other students and teachers and the development of positive study and learning habits.
It is never too early for parents to begin preparing their child for a life of formal learning.
Boys Town Louisiana and Head Start® recognize this great need in our community. That’s why they have teamed up with three local Four Star early childhood care providers to form the Early Head Start School Readiness Partnership (SRP).
The School Readiness Partnership provides high quality, comprehensive and seamless school readiness services for families of infants and toddlers in low-income New Orleans communities. These services are mainly for young parents who could benefit from learning additional parenting skills and having additional support and resources to help them reach their goals and build a happy, healthy family.
Early Head Start offers:
A full-day early childhood program with a research-based curriculum at a Four Star quality child care facility
Ongoing assessments to monitor a child's progress
Dental, health, nutrition, mental health and disability services
Family-based support services that can meet needs identified by the family. These include:
Boys Town In-Home Family Services® — Trained Consultants work with families in the comfort of their own homes, providing support and assistance, enhancing parenting skills, and linking families to needed resources in the community.
Boys Town Care Coordination Services — In this case management program, Consultants identify a family’s strengths and needs, and link them to services that will help support and nurture their well-being while promoting school readiness for children.
Boys Town Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) — CSP classes are presented by trained instructors who teach parents how to enhance their parenting skills and build healthy relationships with their infants and toddlers.
Boys Town Community Support Services
Boys Town Community Support Services provide a wide variety of resources that can help children and families learn how to help themselves, or receive specialized care or education assistance in specific locations. These services can help create a layer of prevention so that children and families don’t need other services within the Integrated Continuum of CareSM in the future
The Boys Town National Hotline® (800.448.3000) is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year-round, nationwide. The hotline receives about 150,000 calls a year.
Support We've learned a lot about caring for children and families over the
past 100 years. All that knowledge has been adapted and made available to all
parents online at: http://www.boystown.org/parenting
Common Sense Parenting® provides parents and other caregivers with proven techniques that can help them build good family relationships, prevent and correct misbehavior and improve positive behavior. These informative classes are usually presented in the community and at schools.
Town Press® produces books, audio products, DVDs, display materials and other
resources to assist children, parents, caregivers, educators and other
www.yourlifeyourvoice.org is a special website that enables and encourages teens to share their problems, concerns and challenges in positive, creative ways and provides access to immediate help in a crisis. Visit www.yourlifeyourvoice.org
School-Based Programs provide a variety of training and instruction resources for teachers, administrators and other school staff that can support or enhance an educational environment. Training programs are based on the Boys Town Education Model®, which focuses on skills teaching, relationship building and effective discipline procedures.