Family and Youth Services Bureau

FamilyThe mission of The Family and Youth Services Bureau under the US Department of Health and Human Services is to promote safety, stability, and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. FYSB achieves this through supporting programs that provide shelter, community services and prevention education for youth, adults and families.

Services: Although slight differences exist from one program to the next, all basic centers must offer the following types of assistance to young people and their families:

  • Food, clothing, medical care and other services that youth need (offered either directly or by referral)
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Recreation programs
  • Outreach to youth who may need assistance as well as to public and private agencies that work with youth and families
  • Aftercare services for youth after they leave the shelter

Youth Services

Maternity Group Homes (MGH) for Pregnant and Parenting Youth
The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to promote safety, stability, and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. FYSB achieves this through supporting programs that provide shelter, community services and prevention education for youth, adults and families.

The MGH Program supports homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people between the ages of 16 and 22, as well as their dependant children. Services are provided for up to 21 months, or until a young person turns 18 years old.

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The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS)
NRS is a national communications system that assists youth who have run away, or are considering running away, and their families. With its database of more than 16,000 resources, NRS links youth and families across the country to shelters, counseling, medical assistance, and other vital services. Striving to be one-stop resource for youth in crisis, NRS offers a range of services.



Street Outreach Program
The Street Outreach Program enables organizations around the country to help young people get off the streets. To that end, the program promotes efforts by its grantees to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, homeless and street youth.

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Transitional Living Program for Older Homeless Youth
The program supports projects that provide long-term residential services to homeless youth. The Program accepts youth ages 16-21. The services offered are designed to help young people who are homeless make a successful transition to self-sufficient living.

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Family Violence Prevention and Services

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program
The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to provide national leadership on youth and family issues. The Bureau promotes positive outcomes for children, youth, and families by supporting a wide range of comprehensive services and collaborations at the local, Tribal, State, and national levels.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
The purpose of the program is to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The program targets youth ages 10-19 who are homeless, in foster care, live in rural areas or in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups. The program also supports pregnant youth and mothers under the age of 21.

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Contact Information:
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)
P.O. Box 13505, Silver Spring, MD 20911-3505
TEL: (301) 608-8098, FAX: (301) 608-8721
E-MAIL: ncfy@acf.hhs.gov

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