Keeping Kids Safe in
While YESS works to provide a safe place for children under our roof, the agency also strives to help create homes were children and families are safe, healthy, and happy. One way YESS does this is through the
Integrated Care Connections program
(ICC), which works with children in the community who are experiencing mental health challenges by focusing and supporting the needs of the family as a whole.
David*, 7, is one little boy who has worked with ICC to help him find a brighter tomorrow. David loves art, playing outside, and Pokemon. David also struggles with severe behavioral and mental health problems. He and his brother were removed from their parents' care due to neglect and abuse and bounced from 10 different placements in three years, including group care, shelters, foster homes, and YESS' crisis nursery.
David wanted - and deserved - a stable and caring place to call home, and an 11th placement in a foster home was found for David and his brother. David's ICC team worked closely with his new foster parents, helping them find services to provide the care and support David needed to thrive, including cognitive behavior therapy, art therapy, medicine management, educational support, and in-home skill building services. With YESS' wraparound services and the support of his foster family, David has been tremendously successful in his new home. His foster parents told YESS "everyone is doing amazing", and we're excited to report that David and his brother are being formally adopted into their forever family in the coming weeks!
If you or someone you know could benefit from wraparound support,
to learn more about YESS' Integrated Care Connections program.
*name and identifying details of the client have been changed.