Case Study: Central Texas Youth Services Bureau

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Central Texas Youth Services Bureau Mission: Assist troubled children, youth and families toward development of their full potential through provision of quality community-based services. Provide services to runaways, homeless, and troubled youth and their families throughout Central Texas (Diaz, 2012). Type of Agency Central Texas Youth Services Bureau is a subsidiary government agency, which was founded in 1977 by concerned citizens. It is a non-profit tax-exempt organization that offers services free of charge. Central Texas Youth Services Bureau works to assist troubled youth and their families. This includes runaways and homeless children with no place to go. Option House, an emergency shelter for youth, can house up to 15…show more content…
This is called Project FUTURE, (Focus Upon Training and Utilization of Resources and Employment). They work to provide necessary training to help with employment, education, and obtaining self-sufficiency. This is a benefit to children who are no longer in the age range to receive assistance from foster care. The project provides a variety of services to help youth succeed. They offer training to help youth obtain a GED, as well as training to gain employment support. Parenting classes are also offered. They provide living spaces (apartments) for homeless youth for up to 18 months, providing them time to get on their feet. This housing opportunity is another program of Central Texas Youth Services, Project FUTURE- ILP (Independent Living Program) (Central Texas Youth Services, n.d.). This agency is also a Project Safe Place. They accept children in need of assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Children are able to get instant assistance in cases of emergency. They also sponsor a hotline. The hotline consists of a toll free number that allows youth to be able to reach a trained Central Texas Youth Services Bureau member (Diaz,…show more content…
Many of the children seeking assistance are from broken homes. Many of them have been abused and abandoned in various ways. Several clients have mental health concerns; they have been diagnosed with conditions ranging from being bipolar to having personality disorders. A number of the children are even suicidal (Diaz, 2012). How does someone access services? Services are provided voluntarily and at times through court orders. Court orders are issued in cases where the children are in a harmful situation. The doors to the Option House Emergency Shelter are open, year round. Other educational services are offered, and it is up to the clients to take advantage of the opportunities provided (Diaz, 2012). Agency Specifics. Central Texas Youth Services Bureau was created in 1970. It is funded by federal and state grants, among other sources. Eighty-three percent of their funds are from federal and state grants; ten percent is received from federal and state contracts. Another three percent comes from fund raising. An additional two percent is obtained from the United Way; the remaining two percent needed is received from contributions and other private donations. This year, the Texas Workforce Commission provided two hundred and ten thousand dollars to Central Texas Youth Services Bureau. These funds are Temporary Assistance for Needy
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