Services Available to Families

During times of crisis or difficult circumstances, coping with everyday tasks can be overwhelming. Young House Family Services has an array of programs to assist families resolve conflicts and improve communication. We have both office-based and in-home services available to help children, adults and families. We have skilled and experienced employees who are dedicated to creating a healing community. Many services offered at Young House Family Services are voluntary, and many are available at little or no cost to families.

Young House Family Services delivers high quality, effective services that help families achieve safety, stability and well-being. The programs of Young House Family Services nurture each child’s potential to succeed, and each family’s ability to heal. We also provide programs through contractual relationships with the Iowa Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services, local school districts and community partners.

Youth Empowerment

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)(Learn More...)

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) was started in 2012 – is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children in Iowa. AMP members are ages 13 and up who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, and educational/vocational assistance. AMP also provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults.

RISE (Learn More...)

Students participating in the RISE Program are challenged to become: Respectful Individuals who are Strong and Empowered, not only in the classroom but in all aspects of their lives.

Aftercare Services & Preparation for Adult Living Program (Learn More...)

The Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) is a statewide initiative to assist youth ages 18 to 21 who have aged out of foster care to have the opportunity to be safe, healthy, prepared and successful young adults. After Care Services (ACS) and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) started 2006 – provides services for youth who have turned 18 while residing in foster care. Resources and support are provided such as transitional living services, employment training and counseling.

Female Specific Life Skills (Learn More...)

The program strives to enhance interpersonal adjustment, reduce law violations, and prevent out-of-home placements for teenage girls in Des Moines County. The core service is provided through group sessions that also include individual and family sessions. Services are provided at no cost to the family and are funded through a grant provided through Juvenile Court Services.

Strengthening Families

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) (Learn More...)

Behavioral Health Intervention Services provide intensive skilldevelopment, counseling and referral services to families who are experiencing challenges with their child’s disruptive behaviors connected to mental health needs. “BHIS” are funded by Magellan of Iowa; therefore, the child must be on Title 19 insurance, and services must be pre-authorized by Magellan.

Brief Intensive Services (Learn More...)

Brief Intensive Services provide in-home counseling services to families who are experiencing challenges with their child’s disruptive behaviors or mental health needs. Services are available to families living in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa Counties with children ages 6-17 in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa Counties. Services are provided at no cost to the family and are funded by Quad County Decategorization.

Preschool Program (Learn More...)

The Preschool Program serves families with children ages 4-5 in Des Moines and Louisa Counties. Services include in-home visitation, parent workshops, educating parents about child development, nurturing and attachment, and healthy family functioning. Services are provided at no cost to the family and are funded by Early Childhood Iowa Area Board.

Community Services

Community Counseling (Learn More...)

Services are designed for crisis management and intervention, and include comprehensive assessments to evaluate the emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of each client. Our therapy staff are licensed mental health therapists trained and experienced in providing mental health counseling. Therapy services include flexible office hours. Title 19 and most private insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale is made possible by United Way.

IMPACT Program and Community Closet (Learn More...)

Initiating Meaningful Partnerships and Community Ties, the goals of the program are to assist families in connecting to services, programs and community resources, while striving to build community partnerships for donations, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Building Bridges "A Southeast Iowa Initiative"(Learn More...)

Building Bridges "A Southeast Iowa Initiative", is the community uniting to impact the futures of our neighbors and friends who are caught trying to survive in the daily struggles of poverty. It focuses on getting to know one another as we work together to create a sustainable community in which all people get to write their future stories.

Substance Abuse

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (A.S.A.P.) (Learn More...)

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) provide services to adolescents experiencing drug or alcohol problems, addiction, and alcoholism. Services include: screening and assessment of substance use and substance use disorders; individual and group counseling; and drug testing. If an adolescent’s treatment needs cannot be addressed through outpatient services, inpatient A.S.A.P. services are available through the Woodlands Treatment Facility. Title 19 and most private insurances are accepted.


Adoption & Inter-Country Adoption (Learn More...)

Services include home studies and post-placement services. The home study is a comprehensive assessment of the family’s strengths as they pertain to parenting children not biologically related to them. Post-placement services assess the child’s progress and assist the family with connecting to needed services and supports.




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