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Our Programs

Brightening the Future of Our Youth

Friends of Youth is fully dedicated to developing, providing and advocating services for children, youth, their families and communities throughout Washington’s King and Snohomish Counties.

Our programs, which encourage individual growth and promote constructive relationships, focus on the following main areas:

Residential Services

Every child needs and deserves a safe and nurturing environment. When the juvenile court determines children can't remain in their own homes, they often must be placed in a licensed foster home. Yet in recent years, the number of foster homes has increased only slightly, while the number of children needing foster care has increased dramatically.

Friends of Youth has been there for these children from the start. Residential services were an essential part of our original charter more than 50 years ago, and today they remain at the heart of our mission. We nurture foster kids in need of the most intensive services, creating the most dramatic changes in their lives...and helping them see that they have a future.

We provide therapeutic foster care and support to children with parents we recruit and train. We also operate a residential facility that provides therapy and 24-hour supervision for boys who have been referred through the criminal justice system, child welfare services, family members or a therapist. (more)

Homeless Youth Services

The young people we serve have become homeless often because of family violence, parents' mental health issues, chemical dependency and/or poverty. In fact, on any given night, up to 2,000 youths in King County are homeless–half of them are escaping violence in the home, while nearly 80 percent have been sexually abused or assaulted.

Friends of Youth has been steadfast in its commitment to engaging the issue. We provide young people with temporary safe shelter, but we also do much more than that: We help put them on a path to long-term stability.

At Friends of Youth, we believe every young person has a fundamental right to a safe home. In addition to providing the only emergency shelters for youth on the Eastside, we offer street outreach, transitional living facilities and scattered-site housing for long-term stability. (more)

Youth and Family Services

Friends of Youth provides services–including youth and family counseling, parent education, substance abuse treatment, assessment, prevention and referral services–to support young people’s well-being, helping them on the path to becoming healthy adults. The clinical staff at Friends of Youth is extremely well-qualified to help youth and young parents cope with the issues they face in daily life.(more)