But she said the organization doesn’t take a one-dimensional approach to helping children and families. Along with providing foster care, Regional Youth Services also helps the parents with a Home-Based Services Program. Children will stay with a relative and have a counselor make sure they transition, then provide services to the parents to help them prepare to get their children back.
There are also two homes on their property where two families get free room and board for providing foster care services in those houses. She said those families have both adopted children through those programs and have children of their own.
Debbie Nichols, development director, said the organization’s familiarity with helping families has made it a crucial group for the five counties it primarily serves — Scott, Floyd, Clark, Washington and Harrison.
“It’s the fact we’ve had so many years of experience in doing what we do and we know the area better than a lot of people,” Nichols said. “It’s a sad thing, but there are always children who are being abused or neglected. That need is always there and we’ve been doing this for 40 years.”
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