Services for High Risk Youth

Services for High Risk Youth - General

Preferred Family Healthcare*
Achieving Recovery through Creativity offers services to youth experiencing high risk situations.  ARTC utilizes the arts as a means to provide opportunities for youth experiencing high risk situations to develop alternate means of expression and coping strategies, facilitate improved levels of self confidence and encourage involvement in positive, creative activities to serve as alternatives to high risk behaviors.  Both individual and group services are available.  ARTC helps provide continuous intervention through-out the youth's life because they will learn a hands on way to express themselves and help themselves in a time of emotional doubt.  
Contact Information: 
411Locust Street 
Union, MO  63084 
636-584-8724

Foundations for Franklin County*
Strengthening Families Program through Foundations for Franklin County - The SFP curriculum includes courses in Parent Training, Children’s Skills Training, and Family Life Skills Training.  Parents learn to increase desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving, and limit setting.  Children learn effective communication, understanding feelings, social skills, problem solving, resisting peer pressure, consequences of substance use, and compliance with parental rules.  Together, families engage in structured family activities, practice therapeutic child play, conduct family meetings, learn communication skills, practice effective discipline, and reinforce positive behaviors in each other. 

The Life Skills for Kids program, will be aimed at at-risk youth 8-19 to promote integrity and responsibility and to help them maintain relationships and respect for others. Topics include self-control, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-motivation. 12 week sessions will be offered to two-age groups, 8-12 years and 13-19 years, and will be two hours in length. Contact Information:
Jennifer Slay
636-239-7652

Buddies not Bullies ~ Portals*
Youniquely Social is a program that equips older youth who may be at-risk to teach younger youth through game play skills of tolerance for differences, friendships, self-awareness, inclusion, empathy, self-regulation, patience, and other helpful social strategies such as taking turns, personal space, and cooperation. This method develops leadership in the at-risk older youth while at the same time teaches valuable resiliency skills to younger children. 
Contact Information:
Lisa Bell
636-239-6787

Services for Specific High Risk Youth

The services listed below are for children and youth in specific situations.  In order to access these services, a child must fit a specific criteria.  The referral process is closed to the general public. 
Children's Advocacy Center*
The Children's Advocacy Center will have a Family Advocate who works with children who have alleged sexual and/or physical abuse and the non-offending care-givers throughout the legal process. The Family Advocate will follow the case from the forensic interview through the conclusion of the legal proceedings, as well as helping coordinate the care for the child.  The mission is to provide a community based collaborative effort to improve the system’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect by following the child first doctrine.  The CAC utilizes a child-friendly facility and highly trained staff who coordinate with the members of the multi-disciplinary teams that are responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse/neglect.
Contact Information:
14 S Washington 
Union, MO  63084
Cindy Vessell, Executive Director
314-650-9189

Catholic Family Services*
Catholic Family Services in partnership with the Juvenile Justice System in Franklin County will work together to give an option to the judges of the county in which juvenile offenders could be placed in 30 day respite/residential instead of in the custody of the Juvenile department or Division of Youth Services. In addition, under this contract Catholic Family Services will provide assessments for youth who have been accused of being sexual offenders to determine needed services. 
Contact Information: 
Rhonda Stockglausner, MSW, LCSW
636-583-1800

CASA*
CASA will implement the Life Skills Partnership Project for youth who are in the foster care system. A Court Appointed Special Advocate will work with the child to bring about stability in their life and helping them find their individual path. They work to assist older youth in finishing their high school education, getting into college or trade school, finding jobs, and everyday life skills such as budgeting, obtaining a drivers license, etc. They work to assist younger youth in getting to permanency in a quicker manner and making sure that they have consistency while in state care.
Contact Information:
Glenda Volment, Executive Director
636-583-4422

Foundations for Franklin County*
Foundations for Franklin County will administer and oversee activities funds for high-risk youth in the community. This pool of funding will be available to youth who are working with agencies throughout the area for a variety of activities that would assist in their overall treatment goals. Funding could be used for anything from helping to pay for field trips at school for foster children to assisting a youth who is working on social skills be able to play a team sport. The fund will be restricted to those in financial need and to activities that are in line with a treatment goal of a qualified agency.
Contact Information:
Jennifer Slay
636-239-7652

Preferred Family Healthcare*
Preferred Family Healthcare provides drug testing to families involved in Children's Division in order to ensure that a child is placed in a safe and drug-free home environment. This program helps eliminate a barrier to reunification of families and assists in the process of finding permanency more quickly for children who are in alternative placements.
Contact Information: 
411Locust Street 
Union, MO  63084 
636-584-8724