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Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services Programs 


Aftercare services are available to youth that leave our residential program.  The Aftercare group meets weekly for 1.5 hours.  Sessions include education issues, therapeutic exercises, recreational activities, and community service projects.  Aftercare also includes follow up calls to former residents at one week and one month after release. 

Anger Management for Teens

Based on the Options to Anger evidence-based curriculum, this three-week class offers youth ages 10-19 an opportunity to develop better choices in anger management and communication skills.   Referrals are accepted from all areas – probation, schools, parents, self, etc.

Related Forms and Documents 

Future Anger Management Classes


Saturday, October 2       9:30am – 12:30pm

Saturday, October 16       9:30am – 12:30pm

Saturday, October 23       9:30am – 12:30pm



Community Education and Outreach

Display Table for Public OutreachDuring community outreach the Shelter staff meets with youth groups to discuss areas of concern, problems facing youth, or to explain services available through the Shelter. During community education the Shelter staff meets with adult groups to disseminate information on problems facing youth and services available at the Shelter.


Individual, group, and family counseling are available on grounds by a master’s-level certified counselor.  Individual counseling is offered on a daily basis, group one time per week, and family counseling by appointment.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is provided in person at the Shelter or by telephone 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Contacts or calls may be from youth or adults concerned about a youth.

Family Education and Support

The program is both a primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention program.  Support groups are facilitated for families desiring input and assistance with child rearing questions and situations.  Family education workshops are conducted by a social worker regarding topics of concern for families.  Case management services are offered to families identified to be at risk for child abuse and/or neglect. This 14-week class is offered Tuesdays at the Clark County Youth Shelter from 6:00 - 7:30pm and Wednesdays at Hope Southern Indiana from 6:00 - 7:30pm.

Course Topics Include: 

Class 1: Introduction

Class 2: Community Resources

Class 3: Domestic Violence

Class 4: The Active Parent

Class 5: Cooperation & Communication

Class 6: Responsibility & Discipline

Class 7: Building Courage & Self-Esteem

Class 8: Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior

Class 9: Active Parenting for School Success

Class 10: Practice and Review


Living Out Loud (LOL) Group For Teens

This five week group focuses on five major messages of ‘I Am, I Can, I Have, I Believe, and I Will.’  Based on the evidence based Curriculum Based Support Group is targeted for youth ages 11-17 those current and past behaviors place them at a higher risk for future delinquency and/or health problems. This program focuses on: peer relationships, anger and feelings, substance abuse, healthy choices, and more. These classes are free and meet at the Shelter on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

Classes will resume July 1.


Art Project at CCYSFSEmergency and long-term residential services are provided to youth that are referred by are Department of Child Services (due to unsafe home situations) and Probation Departments (due to status offenses). Referrals may also be from parents (due to family conflicts and problems) and by youth (who are runaways, homeless, or facing family conflicts and problems).  Youth referred for residential care may be from any Indiana county.  Youths in residential care must be between the ages of 10 and 19. Residential services include a place to stay, food, clothing, 24 hour supervision, medical and dental care, tutoring, counseling, and recreation.

Additionally, CCYS coordinates medical and dental care, provides tutoring, recreational activities and educational opportunities. Clear cut rules govern conduct and life at CCYS, and residents are expected to help with food preparation and housekeeping. Behavior is monitored on a level system.

Who can be admitted?

Youth between the ages of 10 and 19 who are in need of temporary shelter can be admitted with approval of the Residential Director/Therapist. Youth with current charges or a history of sexual perpetration, violent offenses, or adult offenses are not accepted. CCYS serves youth of any race, creed, or ethnic group.

Who can make referrals?

Youth referred for residential care may be from any Indiana County. Most referrals come from the local Department of Child Services due to unsafe home environments. Some referrals come from Probation due to status offenses. Referrals may also be made by parents who are experiencing severe family conflict or youth who are runaways, homeless, or facing family conflicts.

How is the Residential Program Financed?

The primary source of funds are per diem changes for care, paid by the Department of Child Services. Contributions of money, services, food equipment, and other gifts are vital to the continued success of CCYS.

Safe Place

Clark County Youth Shelter - Safe PlaceSafe Place is a crisis intervention program operating in Clark and Floyd counties.  It allows youth that are in unsafe situations a means to obtain help quickly.  Business sites throughout the counties serve as outreach locations, volunteers are dispatched to the business sites to provide transportation services to the Shelter.  Crisis intervention is provided by a social worker.

Shoplifting Prevention

This two-week course focuses on learning the feelings and emotions that lead to instances of shoplifting.  Based on the curriculum provided by the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, the free class meets at the Shelter in the shelter.

Related Forms and Documents

Shoplifting Prevention Referral
Parental Consent Form


Future Shoplifting Prevention Classes

Saturday, October 2          1pm - 3pm

Saturday, October 16           1pm - 3pm





Special Thanks to the following for their Support of the Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services, Inc.