We offer a broad range of programs and services ranging from alternative education to transitional living.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lawrence County (BBBS)
BBBS of Lawrence County is a volunteer program that matches adult mentors with youth between the ages of 6 and 15 who reside in single parent households. The purpose of the program is to provide children in need of a supportive relationship with both a mentor and a friend. Mentors must be at least 15 years of age and must pass a screening process and be able to commit to a minimum of one meeting a week for one year.
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
An intensive family and community-based therapeutic program that focuses on issues surrounding adolescents who are at risk of out-of-home placement. Therapeutic services typically range between 3 – 5 months on a weekly and as-needed basis. Appropriate youth for this program are chronic delinquent or dependent youth, male or female, ages 12 -17. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services and Lawrence County Juvenile Probation.
Home-Based Parent Training
Provides education and counseling to parents whose children are at risk for out-of-home placement. The length of the service is determined on a case-by-case basis. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.
Provides education and support to families whose poor home maintenance and housekeeping skills have created health and safety risks for themselves and their children. The length of this service is determined by the needs of the participant. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.
Juvenile Justice Services
The Community Service Program works with youth referred by Juvenile Probation who have been assigned to community service by the court system. The Juvenile Diversion Program is a psycho-educational group for low level juvenile offenders that provides social skill development and reinforces pro-social activities.
Challenges Alternative Education
A highly structured alternative education program for youths, ages 13-18 that allows contracted school districts in Lawrence County to address the educational, emotional, and social skills needs of students who fail to comply with public school expectations. Referrals are accepted through contracted schools.
Crossroads Treatment Program
An after school and summer program for youth ages 5- 17 who are at risk of placement out of the home, or who have been released from placement but continue to need ongoing structure. The program provides individual and group therapy, study skills, social skills, and recreation. Counselors meet weekly with parents and school designees to evaluate progress. The program runs 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services. Crossroads Behavioral Health Treatment Program is for those youth who have a mental health diagnosis. Mental Health Professionals provide individual, group and family therapy and the children receive regular evaluations by a Licensed Psychologist to monitor their progress.
An intervention program designed specifically to support those students returning home from placement and work with the families to make this transition a lasting success.
Provides substitute care in safe and nurturing homes for children, infant to age 17, who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse/neglect or a lack of parental control. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.
Krause Youth Center
Krause Youth Center accepts youth ages 10 -18 who are in need of emergency shelter care or have been referred for out-of-home placement because of abuse, neglect, delinquency, and lack of parental control. Weekly counseling, social skills training, and drug and alcohol services are provided for students as determined through the development of their individual service plan . Youth 16 years of age and older attend Life Skills Group. Referrals are made through Lawrence County Children and Youth Services and Juvenile Probation.
Kirkwood Transitional Living Home & Transitional Apartment Living
These programs provide a residential option for youth ages 16 to 21 for whom the goal is living on their own in a successful manner. Training on the life skills necessary for independent living are provide by staff as well as on-going support and monitoring.
The Independent Living Program (ILP)
ILP serves youth (ages 16-21) who are currently in out-of-home placement. The program gives youth the opportunity to be self-sufficient. The program is able to accommodate all youth who have been placed by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services who meet the age requirements.