Wayne County Children and Youth Services promotes the well-being of children from birth to 18 years of age and their families through protective services, foster home services, adoption services, family preservation programs, and assessment of reports of child abuse and neglect.
The mission of Wayne County Children and Youth Services is to provide services which promote safer children, successful adolescents, stronger parents, sound families and supportive communities.
Involvement with Children & Youth Services begins in the Intake Unit when a report is made concerning abuse or neglect of a child, services are requested, or information is sought. Reports or inquiries can be made by any individual and are kept confidential. If it is determined services would be beneficial to a child and/or family, a service plan is developed by the CYS caseworker and family members. The plan identifies the child/family strengths and needs and establishes the services that will be provided to assist the child/family in meeting their full potential.
Children and families accepted for service by Children & Youth will be assigned an on-going caseworker in either the General Protective Services Unit or the Child Protective Services Unit.
Those children and families assigned a General Protective Services Caseworker are children who have been neglected and/or have issues related to behavior, mental health, substance abuse, truancy, parent/child conflicts, and a variety of other similar issues.
Children and families assigned a Child Protective Services Caseworker are those who have been determined to be victims of child abuse through either an Indicated or Founded investigation. An investigation that is determined to be "indicated" is the result of a CYS investigation and the finding is recorded by ChildLine. A case that is determined to be "founded" is a case that will be prosecuted criminally. Some cases are determined to be both "indicated" and "founded." Other cases are solely "indicated" and there is no criminal involvement.
Children and families assigned to either unit may also receive supportive services from a Social Service Aide. Social Service Aides provide assistance and education with respect to parenting, budgeting, hygiene, housekeeping, nutrition, transportation, shopping and other facets of successful family life.
In addition, children and families may be involved in services funded by Children & Youth Services. These services are focused on counseling and/or treatment and may include Family Preservation Services, Lifelink After-School Enrichment Program, KidsPeace SITE (Sexual Issues Treatment and Education) Program, Multi-Systemic Therapy, and Family Group Decision Making.
Under certain circumstances children may need to be removed from the care of their parents or caretaker. In these situations children receive placement services including foster care, residential treatment, and community group home placement. Wayne County Children & Youth Services operates its own Foster Care Program. Foster families within the community are actively recruited and approved by the agency.
While in placement children live in the least restrictive, most home-like environment suitable to meeting their needs and providing for their safety and well-being. Placement is intended to be temporary until a child can be safely returned to parents or a suitable caretaker. When it is not possible for children to be safely reunited with their families, adoption services are provided to insure that all children have a permanent loving family.
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