There are a variety of support services including psycho-educational, social, behavior management, goal setting and crisis intervention. Children may stay up to 90 days in our Emergency Shelter. After a 30-day stay in the Emergency Shelter, a child may be considered for placement in our Residential Program or in our Community-Based Foster Care Program. Other children may be successfully reunited with their parents or family members or moved to appropriate alternative care depending on their needs.
Boysville accepts private-placed children whose families are in crisis as a result of illness, unemployment, poverty, abuse, neglect, or homelessness. Children are admitted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or their family’s ability to pay for services. We want to help every child.
For placement into Boysville, a telephone screening conducted by our shelter staff begins the intake process. If it is determined Boysville can help the child, a date will then be set for placement into our Emergency Shelter. Emergency placements can be done immediately if the shelter director gives approval. During a 30-day placement, an assessment will be conducted to include daily written observations by the shelter caregivers, mental health assessment by the Director of Clinical Services, academic assessments by the Learning Center staff and a weekly review of individual progress by the assessment team. This assessment determines if Boysville can help the child or if the child requires more extensive care.
Once the 30-day period is completed and it is determined that the child will remain at Boysville, he or she will be placed in an age-appropriate and gender-appropriate cottage.