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Youth At Risk Partners

Young people affected by homelessness, addiction or abuse are not likely to ask for help. But early intervention with effective, integrated services is critical. And most of the services are available at no charge.

Through Youth at Risk: Finding Solutions Together, Nine Network is partnering with the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund to launch an initiative to connect people in our region to these needed services. The Youth at Risk partner organizations are:

ALIVE (Alternative to Living In Violent Environments)
Licensed counselors assist children 4-17 who have been exposed to domestic abuse via play/talk therapy. Parents of children younger than four are helped in addressing common concerns resulting from exposure to intimate partner violence in their home both past and present.

Almost Home
Through transitional housing, education and support systems, Almost Home provides a safe and compassionate environment where young mothers are empowered to develop their emotional, social, economic, academic and family skills to become self-sufficient, responsible adults and care giving parents to their children.

Behavioral Health Response
The helpline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, including mobile outreaches to home or community agencies, to provide emotional support and referral information and linkage assistance for children, youth and their families in St. Louis County.

BJC Behavioral Health
The agency provides Educational Support Counselors and case management throughout the Kirkwood School District. Consultation Services in the Special School District, Child Psychiatric Services which include screening and assessment.

Bridgeway Behavioral Health
Bridges to Success is a collaborative afterschool program which combines intensive substance abuse education and treatment with ancillary services that include family therapy, mentoring, job and life skills training, computer skills training, academic support, and leadership development.

CHADS Coalition for Mental Health
The Dora Project provides support and guidance to families in crisis due to the mental health concerns of their child. With a primary goal of preventing suicide, the project provides:

  • An understanding professional to hear parent’s concerns
  • Support prioritizing needs, setting goals and planning for improved outcomes
  • Short-term therapy and support groups for parents and youth
  • Consultation with professionals regarding mental health concerns
  • Presentations for parents, schools, community groups or agencies

Signs of Suicide is a nationally recognized, suicide prevention and depression-screening program for middle & high school students. School-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
The Mission of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis is to reduce the effects of trauma experienced by children and adolescents through: trauma informed assessment and counseling, facilitation of multi-disciplinary investigative teams, child-sensitive forensic interviews, consistent victim advocacy, quality undergraduate and graduate training, utilization based research, responsive community outreach, and relevant advocacy to influence public policy.

Children’s Foundation of Mid-America
Family Solutions for Kids is a program offered in collaboration with Every Child’s Hope. The program provides community-based services to youth struggling with mental health, substance abuse, family and school related issues.

The Therapeutic Mentoring Program serves youth who are at risk for child abuse/neglect, school failure or dropout, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, delinquency, substance abuse and/or other poor outcomes in home, school and community.

Children’s Home Society of Missouri
The program provides services to children who are adopted, in foster care, or living in alternative family situations such as with grandparents or other relatives. Individual and family therapy and psychological evaluation services are provided for children with a history of child abuse and neglect and are experiencing significant mental health issues.

Children’s Home Society of Missouri provides a full spectrum of services for children in need of a permanent home. Services include:

  • Pregnancy counseling, infant placements, assistance for families pursuing international adoptions and intensive training and support for families able to adopt children presently in foster care
  • Education and mental health counseling services to further support the long term needs of families formed through adoption
  • Short and long term care for children with significant developmental disabilities and medical needs; services include both long-term residential care and short-term stays which provide much needed respite for families and care givers

Epworth Children & Family Services
Epworth Children & Family Services provides the community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Epworth’s innovative, holistic, and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. Epworth provides youth and families emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care and a 24-hour help line.

Every Child’s Hope
The Steppingstone Program helps youth achieve self-sufficiency by acquiring independent living skills to reintegrate into their communities.

Family Solutions for Kids is a program offered in collaboration with Children’s Foundation of Mid- America. The program provides community-based services to youth ages 4-19 struggling with mental health, substance abuse, family and school related issues. Services will include: assessment, case management, referral for mentoring, parent education/coaching, therapy, psychiatry and community resource linkage.

Family Resource Center
The St. Louis County Child Abuse Prevention Project (CAPS) is an initiative to help prevent child abuse and neglect within St. Louis County families as well as help children heal from the traumatic effects of victimization.

The St. Louis County Volunteer Resource Parents (SLVRP) is a mentoring model that addresses the challenges and issues faced by expecting and parenting teens by assigning program participants a trained volunteer mentor and a Youth Outreach Specialist who helps the youth set personal goals for health, education, parenting, and self-sufficiency.

PathBuilders leverages strategic partnerships within the St. Louis County community to address the underlying social and environmental problems and stressors (e.g. un- or underemployment, housing, childcare, healthcare) which are shown to lead to chronic, generational child maltreatment. It also provides families with the behavioral tools and emotional strength to sustain a positive, safe and successful future for themselves and their children.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Provides Individual, Group and Family Counseling Services. School-based services are offered including observation of children; individual short-term interventions with children; group programming for children and/or parents; crisis response; interdisciplinary staffing; information and referral; and educational presentations to parents.

The Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) curriculum is offered on site at schools, daycare facilities and community organizations in St. Louis County. CAPP teaches child safety, sexual abuse recognition and sexual abuse prevention.

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of Missouri
Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of Missouri is a statewide organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, foster care, child care, youth mentoring services and disaster relief services, reaching out to more than 22,000 individuals and families annually.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis
Prevention First is a menu of over 30 substance abuse prevention programs offered to students in grades K-12. Schools can choose programs that best meet the needs of their students and the goals of their school/district.

Nurses for Newborns
This project utilizes NFNF’s evidence based model of intensive home visitation by highly qualified registered nurses to serve a target population of medically vulnerable and socially complex families in order to promote positive parenting skills and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Our Little Haven
Through early intervention programs designed for children’s individual and complex needs, Our Little Haven helps young children build a firm foundation for their futures. Our Little Haven provides a safe, healing environment for the youngest children recovering from abuse, neglect, abandonment or early childhood trauma in the greater St. Louis region. Our Little Haven provides therapeutic residential treatment, a full range of professional psychological services, a therapeutic preschool and case management for young children and families involved in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect.

Preferred Family Healthcare
Agency delivers evidence-based substance abuse counseling services to youth with, or at high risk of having substance abuse problems.

Prevention and Early Intervention services are provided for middle and high schools in participating school districts. In-School counseling for students who are having substance use disorder problems and staff training and community awareness is available.

Room at the Inn
Room at the Inn is an emergency homeless shelter for women and families of St. Louis County. All minor children are served with their parent(s). The Emergency Sheltering Program offers safe, clean shelter, food, shower and laundry facilities, phone, computer, clothes and personal supplies.

Safe Connections
Individual and group counseling for teens around the issues of dating, relationship, and sexual violence.

Project H.A.R.T. (Healthy Alternatives for Relationships Amongst Teens) is a violence relationship and sexual violence prevention program made up of a series of workshops that are designed to give teen girls and boys the knowledge and skills that will help them develop healthy relationships, free from abuse and violence.

Washington University – School of Medicine
Comprehensive Approach to Unmet Mental Health Needs of Infants and Preschool Children in Foster Care, “SYNCHRONY Project”

The SYNCHRONY Project consists of two primary intervention tracks; 1) Evidence-based parenting education and 2) Child /Parent psychiatric support.

Washington University – The SPOT
Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens

The SPOT is a one-stop, drop-in center for youth and with youth that is easily accessed to serve their health, social support and prevention needs free of charge and with as few administrative barriers as possible.

Youth In Need
Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

Each year, Youth In Need serves more than 10,000 children, teens and families with residential homes, foster care case management, homeless outreach, counseling and support groups, education and infant, child and family development at more than 25 sites.

Other organizations funded by St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund


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