(KAIT) -A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children is expanding into Arkansas.
Youth Villages is a national leader in child welfare services for children.
Members of Youth Villages Arkansas will begin providing intensive in-home services, using their YVIntercepted model, to 60 children and families in nine rural counties.
The group will collaborate with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and other providers to help keep families together.
Managing Director of Business Planning and Policy at Youth Villages Catherine Smith said they are all thrilled to help the children in Arkansas.
“We are incredibly excited for the opportunity to change our focus in Arkansas to providing intensive in-home services designed to stabilize and strengthen families,” Smith said. “Using our widely successful YVIntercept model, our focus will be on diverting youth from entering state custody and reducing the need for out-of-home placements as well as helping reunify children with their families.”
Youth Villages is an organization dedicated to helping children with emotional and behavioral health issues, their families and young people.
The group is committed to providing the most effective programs and intensive in-home services to children and their families.
Youth Villages Arkansas began their work Monday.
They will employ about 20 staff members.
Most of them will be family intervention specialists working with children and families in their homes an average of three times a week, with availability every day all day long.
Counties with children receiving this assistance are Cleburne, Crittenden, Cross, Independence, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett, White and Woodruff.
For more information about Youth Villages, click here.